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UK Report: Extend PhDs, Support Talented Researchers

Tim Wogan at ScienceInsider blogs about a report from the UK’s Council for Science and Technology, “A Vision for UK Research,” which suggests redesigning PhDs to last four years instead of three, with the first year or two “focused on entrepreneurial skills and management as well as research,” to round out a researcher’s education for potential careers in industry. Wogan writes that the report also suggests that research investment should be focused on retaining talented researchers who are able to work across several disciplines, rather than funding particular research areas.

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.