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It's What You Do With the Information

It's been ten years since scientists sequenced the Treponema pallidum bacterium, which causes syphilis. However, while at the time hailed as a milestone that would conquer the disease, having sequence information hasn't stopped the spread of syphilis. Scientific American interviews the CDC epidemiologist Hillard Weinstock on why he sees syphilis rates climbing since 2000 -- "We need to remember that in historical context, the number of syphilis cases we see today is relatively low," he says -- and how different epidemiological and social factors come into play.

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.