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Learning From the Best

SciAm reports that Obama's arsenal of science advisors includes two Nobel laureates and several other science luminaries. According to a Wired blog post, Obama got help from Harold Varmus and Peter Agre to write his answers to Science Debate 2008, in which he "emphasized his support for gene and stem-cell research, genetic modification of plants and expanded NASA research, among other things," SciAm says. Varmus is now the president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, while Agre directs the Malaria Research Institute at Johns Hopkins.

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.