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For Scientists, '50 Is the New 30'

At NPR's Shots blog, Scott Hensley is surprised to learn that the cutoff age for the Lurie Prize, which honors promising young researchers, is 52. "Fifty-two still qualifies as being a young scientist? Really? I thought there must be a mistake," he writes. The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, which sponsors the prize, confirms that the age criterion was correct. Hensley then notes that the average age of researchers receiving their first R01 is over 42, older than just a few decades ago. "But it apparently takes even longer for people to get traction in the world of science these days, and we're living longer, too. So maybe 50 is the new 30, if you're a promising scientist," Hensley 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.