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Making Some Changes

An expert panel is encouraging President-elect Barack Obama to change or even get rid of many current regulations on high-tech exports and immigration by foreign scientists and engineers, says a story in the New York Times. The report, issued by the National Academy of Sciences, says current policy is outdated and hurts both the economy and national security. "The U.S. cannot protect U.S. jobs by denying access to foreign professionals," the panel said. "Jobs will simply go abroad."

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.