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New Year's Resolutions for the President's Science Council

The current President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has a few suggestions for its successor, reports ScienceInsider. First, the transition letter acknowledges what ScienceInsider calls an "open secret" that the current council focused mainly on technology and its impact on the economy. Then, for the next iteration, the current council suggests keeping the council size small, with 20 to 25 members, to have more active researchers onboard, follow up on reports, and, finally, it gives some pointers on how to interact with the administration and Congress.

 

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.