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Step 1: Take Solid Scientific Paper. Step 2: Sprinkle with Needless Buzzwords and Hyperbole

Jonathan Eisen awards his second "Overselling Genomics Award" to a press release accompanying the release a PLoS One paper on shark development. The release, from the University of Florida, sold the research as the "conquest of land began in the shark genome" whereas the paper describes the more sedate evolutionary development of limbs from fins through studies of Hox genes. The press release cemented its award, says Eisen (who notes that the paper itself is quite reasonable), by adding that this study is "shedding light on how life on Earth developed and potentially providing insight for scientists seeking ways to cure human birth defects."

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.