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If You Build It, They Will Worry

Here's an editorial from the Guardian urging caution about the national British DNA database, which it calls "a state intrusion into the genetic makeup of individuals that ... could be easily abused." The database, which currently collects DNA from criminals, is described as biased because it may as well be "a list of the usual suspects -- with the simple fact of inclusion implying possible guilt." The editorial says that if the database is going to hold some people's (but not everyone's) DNA, the rules for inclusion need to be completely fair.

Another piece in the Guardian argues for oversight since the database contains 40 percent of black men, but nine percent of white men -- those numbers don't correlate to arrest or conviction rates.

 

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.