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A Proposal

Ron Paul (R-Tx.) released a new proposal to cut federal spending for research in a budget plan he says he will enact if elected president of the US in 2012, reports ScienceInsider's Jeffrey Mervis. The proposal "would wipe out large chunks of the government's research portfolio," Mervis says, erasing such programs as the Energy Department's $5 billion Office of Science, the $4.5 billion National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the US Geological Survey, among others. "Paul would also end funding for all research programs at the US Department of Agriculture, although the department itself would be preserved at its current budget. And he would pare roughly $7 billion from the current $30 billion budget for the National Institutes of Health," Mervis adds. The plan says nothing about the National Science Foundation.

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.