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House Finch Genome Data Shows Similarity to Mammal


SEATTLE--University of Washington zoologist Scott Edwards and colleagues have sequenced a region of the house finch genome, providing the largest sequence available for any songbird. The team focused on the 32,000 bases around an identified immune response gene. The research, presented in this month's issue of Genome Research, also presents the first description of a bird's genomic signature, which the researchers said is remarkably similar to mammalian signatures.

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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.