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Out of Luck

While world leaders are beginning to recognize that food prices around the globe are soaring, agricultural research budgets are still being slashed, reports the New York Times. The United States has cut, by 75 percent, its $59.5 million support to a global research network that works on improving crops grown in poor countries. One of those research centers, the International Rice Research Institute, has had its budget cut in half since the 1990s and has been unable to develop the rice strains they found that are resistant to the brown plant hopper, an insect destroying crops in East Asia.

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.