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My Genes Made Me Do It

Over at Slate, William Saletan writes about the increasing role of genetics in legal disputes. Taking a cue from an article that appeared in The Washington Post, he wonders whether the trend of associating genetic predisposition with propensity to commit a crime is making people into objects, rather than subjects. He sees it as "a gradual invasion of personal responsibility by genetic determinism," and predicts that we might as well scrap protection for our genes under the Bill of Rights.

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.