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A New Standard

The US House of Representative passed a bill yesterday to reform the country's patent system, reports ScienceInsider. The bill would change the standard used to grant patents from the current "first to invent" standard to a "first to file" standard, which is more common in the rest of the world. The Senate passed a similar bill back in March, and the two versions need to be reconciled before being given to President Barack Obama, who the Chronicle of Higher Education notes, has indicated support for the legislation. The Chronicle adds that "university representatives have been divided on the plan, with some arguing that a first-to-file standard would put unwelcome pressure on their scientists to publish more quickly, and others saying that experiences overseas suggest such fears are unwarranted."

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.