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The Passing of a Visionary

The father of medical genetics, Victor McKusick, died at his home in Towson, Md., on Tuesday. McKusick spent his career at Johns Hopkins University, where he established its medical genetics division and studied the links between genetics and disease, especially Marfan syndrome, dwarfism, and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He also catalogued all the human genes associated with disease into a book, Mendelian Inheritance in Man. Over his career, McKusick won many awards, including the 1997 Albert Lasker Award and the 2001 National Medal of Science. He was 86.

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.