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DNA Barcoding: Practically a Household Term

DNA barcoding makes the leap to mainstream news: An article in The Economist describes what barcoding is, how it can be used, and offers many examples of how it's changing the science of taxonomy. An area where it's seen a lot of promise, says the article, is in public health: the Mosquito Barcoding Initiative, part of the Barcode of Life project, is hoping to barcode 80 percent of the world's mosquitoes within the next two years, in order to help control the spread of diseases carried by them.

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.