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Death, Taxes, and Poor Scientists

As a postdoc raking in $37,000 a year, Michael White is not, according to the IRS, actually employed by the university where he works or by the government whose grants fund the lab, he writes on his blog. But neither is he self-employed nor a student — not that it matters, since he only receives a stipend. That all means, says White, he loses out on certain tax benefits, such as paying insurance premiums from pre-tax dollars.

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.