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The Tool-Builders

Sandra Porter draws the distinction between bioinformaticists or bioinformatics programmers and people who use the tools the others create. "The tool builders are the programmers, architects, computational biologists, and computer scientists who write new algorithms, create databases, and build software systems. The tool users are the biologists," she writes. Porter then points to a recent PLoS Computational Biology education piece in which Joel Dudley and Atul Butte give tips on honing bioinformatics programming skills. They write that "the most fundamental and versatile tools in your technology toolbox are programming languages" and they also point out the importance of knowing UNIX and parallel programming.

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.