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In Parsing, Lessons of Life

At What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate, Neil Saunders gives a crash course on the basics of parsing bioinformatics files. Some of his steps along the way include, first and foremost, searching for an existing parser; then visualizing the desired output, mastering regular expressions (in your chosen language), and imagining the exceptions ("Here, I raise my hand to admit that this is an area in which I need to improve," Saunders says).

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.