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Balancing Is Still Difficult for Some of Us

Scientists are getting closer to understanding that whole upright-walking thing. Tayfun Ozcelik, a geneticist at Turkey's Bilkent University, tested four families affected by the "bear crawl" syndrome, which causes people to walk on all fours. Ozcelik found that two of the families tested carried a mutation in a gene needed for proper cerebellum development. "We think this protein is critical for the proper development of the nervous system and our unique ability to balance and adopt a bipedal gait," says Ozcelik in the Guardian.

And here's what happens when DNA research takes a crazy turn. The Guardian also offers this story on DNA evidence that "proves" scholars were wrong about the whole notion of women being no better than chattel in ancient Greece. Yowza.

 

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.