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Let the Data Loose

Blogger Petermr talks about a lecture he gave yesterday at the RSC meeting on open data in chemistry, which he fully supports. Some of his main points: data are different from text, data matter, and data must be open. He predicts that formal aggregators will be phased out in the next five years, and is of the opinion that publishers have to make a decision. "'Mumble' is no good. Either you are an enthusiastic publisher of Open Data or you are a closed publisher," he writes. "Your choice."

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.