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The Healthcare Bill and Innovation

Popular Mechanics' James Meigs and Jerry Beilinson spoke with Dean Kamen -- who has invented many health-related technologies, including prostheses that use microprocessors -- about the pending US legislation on healthcare reform. Kamen says he is worried that a false debate over rationing care is being made instead of facing the consideration that cutting costs doesn't encourage people to develop new therapies. "If we want to sit here and keep assuming we should be fighting, and that we should be striving to spend less of our intellectual power and our money on great achievements to come in healthcare — that we should be fighting to make it a smaller piece of our economy — I want to know what you want to make a bigger piece of our economy," Kamen says.

The Scan

Long COVID-19 Susceptibility Clues Contained in Blood Plasma Proteome

A longitudinal study in eBioMedicine found weeks-long blood plasma proteome shifts after SARS-CoV-2 infection, along with proteomic signatures that appeared to coincide with long Covid risk.

Tibetan Study Finds Adaptive Variant Influencing Skin Pigmentation

With a combination of phenotyping and genetic data, researchers document at PNAS a Tibetan-enriched enhancer variant influencing melanin synthesis and ultraviolet light response.

Domestication Linked to Nervous System Genes in Inbred Mouse Strains

Researchers highlighted more than 300 positively selected genes in domesticated mice, including genes linked to nervous system function or behavior in Genome Biology.

ALS Genetic Testing May Be Informative Across Age Ranges, Study Finds

Researchers in the journal Brain identified clinically actionable variants in a significant subset of older ALS patients, prompting them to point to the potential benefits of broader test use.