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First Challenge: Converting FASTA Files to 140-Character Twitter Posts

Over at Science in the Open, Cameron Neylon blogs about finding a good open-data project and believes that he's got one: defining error rates in Illumina's Solexa sequencing platform. Neylon says no one has "published detailed analysis of the types of errors that are generated experimentally by this system" and contends that this would be a good task for open data and collaborations based on social networking. "This could all be done, in the wild, out in the open and I think that would be a brilliant demonstration of the possibilities," he writes.


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.