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A Genome From Mongolia

Researchers at BGI Shenzen say they have sequenced the first Mongolian genome, reports UPI. The sample came from a man who is said to be a 34th generation descendant of Genghis Khan and a member of the Mongolian Royal Family, UPI adds. "With the completion of the first Mongolian genome, we believe that the genomics study of Mongolian will help us to explore the distinctive features of Mongolian and the genetic differences with other ethnic groups, including the medical genetics and incidence of genetic diseases," says Ye Yin, the director of research at BGI.

At his Gene Expression blog, Razib Khan notes that the person sequenced likely has more than one line of descent from Genghis Khan.

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.