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Nature Gets in the Open Access Game

There's a new journal from Nature coming out. Scientific Reports will be an online, open-access journal with articles covering the natural sciences, according to a Nature press release. "Scientific Reports exists to facilitate the rapid peer review and publication of research that is of interest to specialists within any given field in the natural sciences, without barriers to access," says the description on the journal's homepage. Jonathan Eisen notes the new journal on his blog, saying that it "sounds remarkably like PLoS One, even though they do not mention PLoS One in the announcement. Good news all around I think — the more OA we have out there the better." Scientific Reports is accepting manuscripts now and plans to publish its first papers during the summer.

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.