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Kind of Throws Experimental Accuracy Out the Window?

Like many who regularly use GenBank, Sandra Porter wonders how accurate and up to date the information in there is. It's not a curated database, she says, but a "library of archival information" that contains a lot of outdated -- and wrong -- sequence information. At Sandwalk, Larry Moran has been bugged by this issue for two decades, mostly because it's such a big one for the community. "This is a serious problem. Most people don't realize that GenBank is full of sequences that are known to be incorrect and/or poorly annotated."

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.