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Synbio, the New Tempest

Madeleine Bunting's column in the UK's Guardian lays out the terrifying threats of "synbio," which she says could lead to GM crops looking like "a storm in a tea cup." Her list includes (horrors!) bacteria to produce cheap anti-malarial drugs, bacteria to break down cellulose into ethanol, and bacteria to clean up environmental messes (never mind that some bacteria can already do this). "So beware of how we are being sold this scientific revolution with pledges to help Africa's poor and ease global warming," writes Bunting. Many of her commenters take her to task, one saying, "[Bunting's] de facto position on science and technology is both shrill and misinformed."

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.