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Science and Policy

Lewis Branscomb, a former IBM vice president, has given $1 million to the Union of Concerned Scientists to create a Center for Science and Democracy, reports the Nature News Blog. "We do not want to replicate what others are already doing well," says Kevin Knobloch, the president of UCS. "We'll be a hybrid between a university and a think tank, and more aggressively apply the scholarship." The center has raised $1.5 million and aims to reach an annual budget of $4 million. It plans to host talks on the role of science in government and forums on topics like FDA user fees and more, Nature adds. The center is to open later this month.

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.