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Nobel Laureate Unearths his Surprising Lineage

Robin McKie at the Guardian's The Observer says that Nobel laureate Paul Nurse made his "greatest genetic insight ... courtesy of a striking and unusual source: the US Department of Homeland Security." In 2007, Nurse's application for a green card was rejected because his parents' names weren't on his birth certificate, McKie says. In digging through old records, Nurse eventually learned that "the parents who had raised him were really his grandparents while his 'sister' Miriam was his birth mother," and that "the men and women who he believed were his nieces and nephews, they were actually half-brothers and half-sisters," McKie writes of the Nobel laureate's surprising discovery. Read more about Nurse's upbringing in the full Observer profile of the incoming Royal Society president and future UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation's Scientific Planning committee chair, here.

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.