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Susan Shurin has become acting director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, effective Dec. 1. She replaces Elizabeth Nadel, who will become president of Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals in Boston. Shurin, a pediatric hematologist, joined NHLBI as deputy director in early 2006 and became acting director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in October. Previously, she was a professor of pediatrics and of oncology at Case Western University. NHLBI is currently searching for a new permanent director.

Alan Guttmacher will become NICHD's new acting director, also effective Dec. 1. Until Nov. 30, he was acting director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, and before that, NHGRI's deputy director. Guttmacher, a pediatrician and medical geneticist, was previously at the University of Vermont, where he directed the department of pediatrics' Vermont Regional Genetics Center and pregnancy risk information service and where he was the medical director of the Vermont Newborn Screening Program.

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 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.