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Where No Genome Has Gone Before

This week, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA — announced its solicitation of abstracts for papers or topics and suggestions for discussion for its 100 Year Starship Study Symposium to be held in Orlando, Fla., this fall. Among the tracks to be covered at the conference is "Biology and Space Medicine," which DARPA says could include topics that run the gamut from human life suspension to "on-scene (end of journey) spawning from genetic material." Popular Science's Rebecca Boyle says that while the "100-Year Starship is more like a thought experiment than a construction project," DARPA will award a contract in the ballpark of $500,000, "depending on several factors, for some kind of entity that will take over the next 100 years of planning." One proposal comes from Craig Venter. It says, according Popular Science that "fragmented human genomes could be shipped toward the stars and reconstructed upon their arrival, spawning the first interstellar citizens and avoiding the problems of long-distance space survival."

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.