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Heroes and Villains

The New Scientist rounds up its "science heroes and villains of 2008." Topping the heroes column are Steven Chu, George Church, Svante Pääbo, among others. Chu was recently named Barack Obama's choice for energy secretary; Church started Knome, the Personal Genomes Project plus he had "cool paper" that said soil microbes could use antibiotics as food; and Pääbo for sequencing work on Neanderthals and woolly mammoths. The two villains included are Bruce Ivins, for allegedly being behind the 2001 anthrax attacks and Dale Hall, the director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service for allowing oil companies to disturb polar bears.

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.