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Quality, Not Quantity

The US may need to have "fewer but better" top research institutions, the president of the Association of American Universities, Robert Berdahl, says. In February, Berdahl wrote a letter to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), asking, among other things: "How many research universities does the United States realistically require in order to maintain its agenda of innovation and advanced training?" Alexander and three other members of Congress have now asked the National Academies this week "to study and report on the 'top 10 actions' that the government and research universities could take to maintain the quality of the universities and ensure the nation's economic growth," says the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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.