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Watson's New Gig

Health insurer WellPoint and IBM are set to announce a deal regarding the implementation of the Watson computer system for health care, The Wall Street Journal reports, adding that this would be "the first time the high-profile project will result in a commercial application." While the "exact terms of the agreement weren't disclosed," IBM's Steven Mills tells the paper that the system "could be used in settings as varied as call centers and offices doing engineering and scientific work, and he believes the Watson technology carries the potential to grow into a business generating $1 billion of annual revenue," the WSJ says. WellPoint officials "ultimately want to provide the Watson service more broadly to physicians who treat complicated chronic conditions, and they hope to create an application that could be accessed directly by patients seeking health information," the paper adds. WellPoint Executive Vice President Lori Beer tells the Journal that at present, it's "too soon to tell" whether her firm plans to eventually sell Watson-based services to medical providers.

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.