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When a Pat on the Back Just Isn't Enough

"Do you do science to win awards?" asks NeuroDojo's Zen Faulkes. Awards can become a "problem" in science if they are the only motivation for some people to do research, he says. It's certainly nice to get an award and be recognized for all your hard work, but it shouldn't be a driving force. Awards like the Nobel Prize that come with lots of money and prestige attached are particularly troublesome because money shouldn't be the point of science, he adds. "It's a matter of means, ends, and side effects. To me, the end goal of science should be good evidence, strong predictions, and less ignorance about the world," Faulkes says. "Money is a means to the end. Awards are a side effect."

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.