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State of Science

In his State of the Union address last night, US President Barack Obama made mention of "subjects near to scientists' hearts," says Nature's News blog, which rounds up those subjects. In particular, Obama urged the support of basic research. "Innovation also demands basic research. Today, the discoveries taking place in our federally financed labs and universities could lead to new treatments that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones untouched. New lightweight vests for cops and soldiers that can stop any bullet," Obama said, according this New York Times transcript. "Don't gut these investments in our budget. Don't let other countries win the race for the future." Further, he called for a way to create a path to citizenship for "responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, [and] defend this country."

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.