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In a Community This Small, That's Just Good Networking

Owen Thomas at Valleywag tries to drum up some doubt in this post about George Church and his connection to Google, the genomics X Prize, and the Personal Genome Project. The post notes that the money trail ties them all together: Google helped fund the PGP; 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki donated money to the X Prize; Church is a participant in the X Prize -- and so on. "It all seems quite cozy," Thomas writes.

But anyone who's ever seen George Church give a talk knows that if he couldn't deal with any of the companies he advises or that help fund his PGP, the man would have to get out of biotech.

 

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.