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The Gruber Genetics Prize is Announced

The 2008 Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation Genetics Prize goes to Allan Spradling, director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Embryology and HHMI researcher. Gruber carried out the first successful gene therapy in the fruit fly, laying the groundwork for studying development and disease using Drosophila as a model organism. He will be awarded a gold medal and $500,000 on July 13 at the International Congress of Genetics in Berlin. Gruber Genetics Prize laureates include Maynard Olson, Elizabeth Blackburn, and Rudolf Jaenisch.

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.