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Science for the Recovery

In a letter the head of the European Commission, leaders of European scientific agencies say that cuts to the scientific budget will harm Europe's economic recovery, reports The Guardian. The European Union is set to decide its science budget for 2014 through 2020 this week, the article adds.

The Guardian notes that the EU has set aside €80 billion for its Horizon 2020 initiative to bolster research and innovation in the region, but that that figure is now under negotiation. Additionally, the article says that the European Life-science Infrastructure for Biological Information, or ELIXIR, program may also face funding cuts.

"Science leads the way out of recession, so cutting science budgets is most certainly not the way forward," Rolf Heuer, the director general of CERN and a signatory of the letter, tells The Guardian. "In times of recession, it is incumbent on the public sector to maintain the basic science base, ensuring that there is science for industry to apply."

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.