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US Food and Drug Administration officials, including Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, knew about the agency's email surveillance efforts, reports The Wall Street Journal. After reports of email monitoring came to light, Reuters reported that Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked FDA to detail who at the agency ordered the surveillance.

In a letter to Congress, FDA officials say the surveillance came about as a way to prevent leaks. After information about a medical device was leaked to the media, Jeffrey Shuren, who directs the medical device center at FDA, asked Ruth McKee, an associate director of that center, to look into how to prevent such leaks. McKee turned to the chief information officer of the agency, Lori Davis, who then requested the email monitoring, the Journal says. Hamburg and other officials were informed of the monitoring after it began. The surveillance focused on researchers who raised safety issues.

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.