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NIH Creating Genetic Testing Registry

The National Institutes of Health is creating a genetic testing registry: a public database that researchers, consumers, healthcare providers and others can use to search for information submitted by genetic testing providers. The NIH says its aim is to improve access to information about the availability, validity and usefulness of the more than 1,600 genetic tests available to patients and consumers. Genomics Law Report's Dan Vorhaus says that since the registry is voluntary, that limits its usefulness as a regulatory tool, but he adds that "it has the potential to prove extremely valuable to personal genomics companies and consumers alike." DTC genetic testing company 23andMe has already indicated its willingness to participate in the project.
Blogger Daniel MacArthur writes at Genetic Future that the database will have the added benefit of "providing consumers with an easier way to distinguish between accurate, useful genetic tests and contemptible bottom-feeders."

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.