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A List of What Not to Do

DNA is a delicate molecule. Nick at Bitesize Bio lists five ways that it can be damaged -- and thus what to avoid when futzing around in the lab. Those five problems are: exposure to UV, mechanical shearing, phenol extraction, dessication, and heating. "Now you know," says Nick. "So go easy on your DNA samples!"

 

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.