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This Little Piggy Has Blue Ears

Blue-ear disease, also known as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, is spreading through the Chinese pig population, depleting stocks and causing concern that Chinese officials are down-playing the severity of the virus, says the New York Times. The number of pigs affected is not known but the disease is spreading toward China's largest pork production center, leading pig farmers to panic and sell their pigs, even if sick. The United Nations is asking Chinese officials to share its research and tissue samples as this disease is not usually deadly.

The Scan

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.

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.