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His Own Research Subject

Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker "has also become something of a scientific guinea pig," says a Technology Review blog post. Pinker is a member of George Church's Personal Genome Project and now has also taken the new Counsyl test for prospective parents — Pinker is a scientific advisor to the company. He and his wife Rebecca Goldstein found that they are both carriers for a mutation linked to familial dysautonomia, a Mendelian disorder of the nervous system. "Children aren't in our cards, we are a little old for that," Pinker says. "But if we had met a few years earlier, before the test had been invented, we would have been playing roulette with our kids."

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.