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The Storm on Science

As Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast of the US, floodwaters from the nearby East River poured into the basements of New York University Medical Center forcing an evacuation of patients and personnel, but also damaging years of research, reports the New York Daily News. In addition to housing backup power, the NYU basement also held a number of animal models and reagents.

Gordon Fishell, an NYU neurobiologist, lost 40 strains of mice, totaling about 2500 individuals, the Nature News Blog adds. While NYU appears to be bearing the brunt of the losses, other research institutes in the region may also have damaged experiments or a loss of data.

Fishell, though, may be able to rebuild his work. He tells the Nature News Blog that he's received offers of help from researchers at nearby Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Weill Cornell Medical College to re-establish his mouse colony — which is only possible because Fishell has shared his mouse strains and reagents with his colleagues. "I don't think there is a single allele that we had produced or transferred that is not in someone else's hands," he tells Nature. "If there's a lesson in this, it's why sharing in the community is so valuable."

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 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.