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UK's BBSRC Seeks Input on Next-Gen Sequencing Strategy

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council is seeking comments from the research community on the impact of next-generation sequencing technologies on their work.

BBSRC said in a statement on Friday that it has formed an expert panel on next-generation sequencing that will consider feedback from the so-called "consultation" as part of a report that it will deliver to the BBSRC's Strategy Advisory Board in late 2009. The agency said it will use these findings "to develop a strategy for ensuring effective uptake of next generation sequencing technologies in biosciences research."

Individuals from academic, commercial, and institute research organizations can download a consultation questionnaire from the BBSRC website. Comments are due before Aug. 9.

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.