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Scared of Innovation

The former chief technology officer of Cisco Systems, Judy Estrin, is worried about the state of innovation in the United States. According to the New York Times, Estrin says that the lag in innovation is due to a focus on short-term thinking and not taking risks, mainly due to a lack of federal and university funding, cautious venture capitalists, as well as regulations discouraging the growth of start-up companies. Her new book is called Closing the Innovation Gap.

 

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.