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More Fun and Games

Bayblab bloggers have revealed the answers to their test on which of the eleven creatures (ranging from yellowfin tuna to salamander) are more, less, or equally related to humans or Drosophila. Admittedly, they say, it was tough without using a phylogenetic tree — the one they used to check answers and that uses the most recent molecular data, can be found here.

And for those of you who can't resist a test, Sandra Porter posts another one at Discovering Biology in a Digital World:  can you find any patterns in this resequencing data, all 4608 reads of it?


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.