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Get Ready for Genopolitics

At Gene Expression, blogger Piccolino comments on a paper in Science last week about "genopolitics" (some of the comments to his post call it "poly-bi"), or research relating genetic variation to political leanings. While it's a good study, he says, he's not sure what hard evidence is available to make the connection between genes and voting behavior. "The deeper question is this: what does it mean that a complex trait such as voting, the strength of partisanship, or attitudes toward abortion, say, are heritable, beyond the obvious but important implication that we can't interpret parent-child associations in environmental terms?"

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.