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Microbial Loss, and Bloom

New York University's Martin Blaser, among others, is concerned about antibiotics' effects on the human microbiome, reports The New York Times. Blaser notes that when mice are given antibiotics, mimicking what is given to children to treat ear and throat infections — which is also enough to kill the gut bacterium H. pylori — they have an increase in body fat. While Barry Marshall from the University of Western Australia points out that people reacquire the flora they've lost, he says that antibiotics are overused. The Times adds that the US National Institutes of Health is funding the Human Microbiome Project to study the diversity of microorganisms living in and on the human body. "We need to get an understanding of how our microbial communities operate and what to feed them so they will bloom again," adds David Relman from Stanford University.

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.