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Now That's a Seriously Old Ant

Here's a short piece from the New York Times about scientists who used DNA analysis to determine that a newly discovered ant is "the most primitive of living ants, its DNA least changed in the more than 100 million years that ants have crawled around." Don't miss the spiffy infographic, which offers some interesting trivia on Martialis heureka (the ant's name is a joke based on E.O. Wilson's reaction to seeing it for the first time).

 

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.