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The Man Behind the Origins of Life

Stanley Miller, who pioneered the study of how amino acids could arise from the earth's early, lifeless atmosphere, died of heart failure Sunday at 77. Published in 1953 when he was still in graduate school, Miller's labwork found that several amino acids were formed by pushing an electric current through certain elemental gases, an experiment that simulated lightning coursing through the early atmosphere and creating the basic building blocks of life.

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.