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Never Too Young to Vie for Grant Funding

The Boston Globe reports on student participants in the Siemens Competition, an annual program that gives two prizes of $100,000 to high school students who are up-and-coming scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. Among the competitors are kids working on diabetes research in hepatitis patients, mapping the spread and mutations of avian flu, and designing a urine test to screen for colon cancer. And they're serious about the work, too: at least one of the students interviewed by the Globe has already won an NIH grant to support the research.

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.