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Phylogeneticist with Experience in ESS Projects? You’re in Luck...

Jonathan Eisen is reaching out on his blog, calling for help on phylogenetic analyses of metagenomic data. He’d like to perform a variety of phylogenetic analyses of data from environmental shotgun sequencing projects and hopes to get lots of different people involved. He writes: “We would like to take sequence reads that contain matches to specific gene/gene family (e.g., RecA, my favorite gene), build a multiple sequence alignment that includes these reads as well as all members of this gene family from known organisms, and then build phylogenetic trees from these alignments.” Go to his blog, The Tree of Life, to make suggestions, ask questions, and get involved.

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.