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Ivory Poachers vs Genetic Analysis


Though trading in ivory was officially banned in 1989, contraband sales have been increasing since.  In order to find better ways to target culprit nations, researchers have utilized DNA analysis to help pinpoint likely origins of illegal ivory.  A paper published yesterday in PNAS traces the genetic similarities across tusks, and infers that ivory from the largest contraband seizure since the tradeban came from Zambia.

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.