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A Laureate Speaks ... And No One's Offended. Shocking.

Blogger Dan Koboldt reports on Harold Varmus' visit to WashU to give a talk on what's new in cancer research. Koboldt says the Nobel laureate spoke to a packed auditorium about the state of the art of the field, and ended with a quick look at "where cancer research should go from here." That included points such as designing better mouse models, bringing together multidisciplinary teams, and "moving beyond the candidate gene approach to get the full repertoire of somatic changes in cancer," Koboldt writes.


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.