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A Way Around It

Rootworms may be developing resistance to Monsanto's genetically engineered corn, which includes an insecticide to kill such pests, reports Bloomberg. A memo issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency says such resistance has emerged in four states in the Midwest, and that the ag-bio company's resistance-monitoring program is "inadequate." Monsanto tells Bloomberg that resistance to its Bt corn has not been confirmed, and that farmers with damaged crops should make changes, like rotating corn with soybeans or using Monsanto's SmartStax corn, which includes two types of Bt, to "stay ahead of this insect."

The memo "does throw a harsher light on the longer-term efficacy of the trait," Chris Shaw, an analyst at Monness Crespi Hardt & Co., tells Bloomberg. Shaw says Monsanto's development of SmartStax indicates that the company knows "it can't rely on a single gene to address farmers' problems," Bloomberg adds.

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.