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Bioinformatics Loses the Sexy Factor, But Still Gets Play

While the rest of us are just welcoming spring, Andrew Perry blogs about what's going to be getting interest at the Google Summer of Code this year. He checked the list of projects to see which ones had made it from the bioinformatics field, and found a number of them, including GenMAPP and the NESCent (National Evolutionary Synthesis Centre) Phyloinformatics project. "I don't think coding for bioinformatics applications is as attractive to students as working on some of the other 'sexier' projects available," Perry writes, "but kudos to Google for letting a few bioinformatics tools into the fray."


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.