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Unhappy Researchers

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge, or STOCK, Act was enacted in April with the aim of preventing members of the US Congress from profiting on knowledge they gain through their legislative activities. "[The law] will require agencies to post financial reports for high-level government employees on the Internet," says ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. Some 600 senior staff members at the US National Institutes of Health will also be affected, Kaiser adds, and researchers at NIH and NASA have joined in a lawsuit against the bill, saying it infringes on their privacy. NIH researchers already fill out extensive financial reporting forms that are reviewed by officials in the agency's ethics office. But they say that putting the forms on the Internet makes them "vulnerable to identify theft or even kidnapping," Kaiser says. The lawsuit also declares that such disclosures could ruin relationships in the scientific community and negatively affect peer review and salary or job negotiations, she adds. The suit also claims that some NASA scientists have asked to be moved down the pay scale to avoid public disclosures.

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.