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Science: The Outsourcing

Rising Above the Gathering Storm, a 2005 report on the state of US science, and the update issued in September make for "depressing reading," says NeuroDojo's Zen Faulkes. A recent summary in Science by Beryl Benderly says that, among other troubles for US researchers, American corporations will start to export their research work because labor costs for American scientists and engineers are more than the companies wish to pay. "In other words, industry positions for people with doctorates are vanishing because American corporations are outsourcing research," Faulkes says. "That pretty much leaves becoming a professor or leaving science as the only long-term career choices for a person with a freshly minted PhD in the United States. That's terrifying."

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.