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Fix the System

According to the editors at Scientific American, the research funding system is "broken," particularly as most "scientists spend too much time raising cash instead of doing experiments." SciAm says that in the current funding climate, applying for grant money is quite the time sink. "In 2007, a US government study found that university faculty members spend about 40 percent of their research time navigating the bureaucratic labyrinth, and the situation is no better in Europe," SciAm says. In order to fix the problem, the editors suggest that federal funding agencies ought to "fund people rather than projects," much in the way the Howard Hughes Medical Institute does. Indeed, SciAm continues, the UK's Wellcome Trust "is now shifting to a similar system." In order to keep pace, the editors suggest that, among other things, NIH expand its HHMI-esque Pioneer Award Program considerably. "Fixing the system can no longer be put off," they write.

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.