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People, Not Just Data

The NYT checks into an article in this month's Bulletin of the World Health Organization that calls for improved ethics for conducting longitudinal health surveys in developing countries. Written by UNC scientists, the article poses many questions regarding the long-term ethics for well known survey sites -- studies of fertility in Niakhar, Senegal, of diarrhea in Matlab, Bangladesh, and of AIDS in Rakai, Uganda. "Does consent from the male head of family obligate the whole family to join? Does a grandfather's consent in a long-term study bind even his unborn descendants?" says the article.

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.