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Losing the Grant After You've Received It

A member of the US House of Representatives, Darren Issa (R–CA), sponsored an amendment to the bill that funds National Institutes of Health that strips it of the grant money going to study sex workers and drug abusers and the spread of HIV/AIDS, reports Science Insider. Three grants in particular -- a study of Thai prostitutes, another of Chinese sex workers, and one on Russian alcoholics -- were targeted. The grants, which totaled about $5 million, had gone through peer-review and the studies had begun. Blogger DrugMonkey writes:

Great isn't it? There you are, fighting to get your project funded, surmounting the usual procedural hurdles in the grant process. Finally, you get the grant funded and can get down to the business for which you are employed — doing good science in the interests of national, nay worldwide, public health. And some politician wants to prevent further funding of your project in the middle of the award period for naked political posturing purposes. Grand.
The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge is weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.