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Any Chance for God Gene Homologs in Model Orgs?

You won't find a GWAS here, but this New York Times piece on the "God gene" and how it evolved is bound to get conversation going about religion and science. "Religion has the hallmarks of an evolved behavior, meaning that it exists because it was favored by natural selection," writes Nick Wade. He covers why the evolution of a God gene would be difficult to swallow both for proponents and opponents of religion before positing that perhaps the "evolutionary perspective on religion" could "become the basis for some kind of detente between religion and science." He writes, "Biologists and many atheists have a lot of respect for evolution and its workings, and if they regarded religious behavior as an evolved instinct they might see religion more favorably, or at least recognize its constructive roles."

The Scan

Could Cost Billions

NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars.

Not Quite Sent

The Biden Administration likely won't meet its goal of sending 80 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad by the end of the month, according to the Washington Post.

DTC Regulation Proposals

A new report calls on UK policymakers to review direct-to-consumer genetic testing regulations, the Independent reports.

PNAS Papers on Mosquito MicroRNAs, Acute Kidney Injury, Trichothiodystrophy

In PNAS this week: microRNAs involved in Aedes aegypti reproduction, proximal tubule cell response to kidney injury, and more.