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Virginia's attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, is a climate change-denying Tea Party favorite, says Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait, and for the past few years has been going after Michael Mann, a professor at Penn State. Cuccinelli is trying to prove that Mann's work is somehow fraudulent and is using his power of the subpoena to interfere with Mann's work, Plait adds. As bad as Cuccinelli's tactics are, however, Plait argues that two Virginia legislators who are trying to remove his ability to issue subpoenas are going about trying to protect legitimate scientists the wrong way. "As we may loathe some of the tactics being used to suppress science, if they're being done in a legal manner then we must find ways within the system to fight them, and not try to undermine the system itself to achieve that goal," he says.

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 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.