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Into Smaller Pieces

A panel has advised the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to end its Large-Scale Collaborative Project Awards Program, also known as glue grants, reports ScienceInsider. The program began in 2000 as a way for NIGMS to fund large-scale biology projects involving multiple researchers at different institutes. The outcome assessment report is based on a community survey, a literature analysis, and Web site usage analysis, ScienceInsider notes, and it found that two of the five original grants were successes and one had "significant flaws." According to ScienceInsider, “the report points to inadequate oversight by NIGMS, goals set by the groups that were ‘inflexible’ or ‘too sweeping or too narrow,’ ‘missing expertise,’ and poor outreach to the rest of the scientific community.” The panel, however, does not say that NIGMS should stay away from large science, but rather that it should fund it through more, but smaller, awards.

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.