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They Must Have Missed GTO's Application

Robert Langer, who heads up what's considered the largest biomedical engineering lab in the world, was awarded the Millennium Technology Prize, which comes with a kitty of 1 million euros. The MIT prof has made significant advances in degradable polymer systems, used in everything from skin grafts to chemotherapy. Langer says, "One of the current research areas in the lab is gene therapy delivery, trying to come up with synthetic polymers that could behave the same way viruses do, but without any negative affects."


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.