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The Sanctity of Data

Here's a blog post from Deepak Singh at bbgm considering the properties of scientific data. Singh responds to a post from Frank Gibson outlining three criteria for representing data: content, syntax, and semantics. Singh weighs in on each characteristic, contending that a solid grasp of these, along with community agreement on rules for them, would go a long way to solving semantic problems in the field. He says, though, that he tends to disagree with people about the curation challenge. "Many believe we need humans to curate data. I don’t have an answer, but don’t believe that humans scale and we will run into scale issues at some point," he writes.


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.