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Have You Hugged Your Database Lately?

Over at the Ensembl blog, Ewan Birney posts on what he affectionately calls "the gene love-in" -- describing how the people behind Ensembl, Havana, HGNC, and UniProt are finding new ways to coordinate their efforts. Ewan is hopeful that this will serve users better with "an even closer coordination of our data," which will also lead to better relationships with NCBI and UCSC, among others. "End result; far more synchrony of data, far less confusion for users, far better use of our own resources and better integration with other groups," he writes. "Everyone's a winner."


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.