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Peer Review Project

There's an online survey, Writedit reports, from the University of North Texas' Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity asking: "What is the best way to incorporate societal impacts considerations into the grant proposal peer review process?" The project, called the Comparative Assessment of Peer Review, is funded by the National Science Foundation to study peer review at three US agencies — NSF, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — and three foreign agencies — the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the European Commission, and the Dutch Technology Foundation. "Probably not entirely what you might expect, but still an interesting thought exercise with plenty of opportunity to enter free-text comments and input," Writedit says.

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.