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Computing With Proteins

A scientist at the Sanger Institute led the first cross-species study of synaptic proteins associated with learning and memory using comparative proteomics and genomics. In their work, published in Nature Neuroscience, they found that synapses get more complex going up the evolutionary scale, and that "in higher animals they are built from a much richer array of protein components and conduct complex learning and pattern recognition," says this NYT article.

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.