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A Place to Discuss the Science of the Flu

The Public Library of Science launched a new website, PLoS Currents. According to a post by Harold Varmus, it is "a new and experimental website for the rapid communication of research results and ideas." The first of the PLoS Currents sites will focus on influenza and contributions can range from epidemiology to genomics and from virology to policy. Submissions will not be subject to "in-depth peer review" but will be screened by a panel led by Penn State's Eddie Holmes and Mount Sinai's Peter Palese. The site will be given a unique NCBI identifier so it can be easily cited. "Given that the contributions to PLoS Currents are not peer-reviewed in detail, however, the results and conclusions must be regarded as preliminary," Varmus writes. "In time, it is therefore likely that PLoS Currents contributors will submit their work for publication in a formal journal."

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.