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A Smaller Pot

Because of the global economy, the Nobel Committee will be awarding a smaller amount of prize money this year, reports the Nature News Blog's Ewen Callaway. This year, the committee will hand out 8 million Swedish krona ($1.2 million) per prize, down from 10 million krona. Callaway notes that this is the first time the prize amount has gone down since 1949. "The Nobel Foundation is responsible for ensuring that the prize sum can be maintained at a high level in the long term. We have made the assessment that it is important to implement necessary measures in good time," says Lars Heikensten, executive director of the Nobel Foundation, in a statement.

Callaway adds that he "learned of the cuts when a structural biologist friend fretted that he would not be able to afford a Ferrari, should he ever win a Nobel." While there is a drop for 2012, "even if three laureates share an award, each can still buy a Ferrari 458 Italia Spider — with enough money left over to get a mid-priced Porsche," he writes.

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.