Last week, CBS' Cynthia Bowers looked into the question of compulsory vaccines for pre-teen girls to guard against future possible infection by the sexually-transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer. Now Republican Gov Rick Perry of Texas has ordered that all of the state's sixth-grade girls should have Gardasil shots. ABC's John McKenzie (subscription required) noted that Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil, had "doubled its lobbying budget in Texas."
NBC took a human interest approach to cancer, assigning Dawn Fratangelo to profile Andrea Jaeger for its Making a Difference feature. Jaeger was once a tennis star on the professional tour. She retired with injuries and turned to charity work, setting up a camp for children with cancer. Now she has taken holy orders as a Dominican nun. She made a swap of her Olympic ring with one of the recovered cancer patients, who had joined the USArmy Rangers. Beneath her nun's habit, she wears that commando's dog tags.
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