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The Genographic Project Produces Data

Starting in 2005, the Genographic Project began to use genetics to unravel anthropological questions such as, did humans and Neandertals interbreed? In today's PLoS Genetics, the researchers, supported by the National Geographic Society and IBM, released their database of 78,590 mtDNA variants contributed by members of the public. (A separate database of samples from indigenous people will be released separately, says blogger Hsein-Hsein Lei.) As for human/Neandertal offspring, the Genographic Project director Spencer Wells told Wired, "We don't see any Neanderthal lineages in the European gene pool."

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.