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When You Shed DNA, Do You Shed Your Right to Privacy Too?

Here's another reason not to smoke: being convicted of a crime. This article in the New York Times describes a new practice called "surreptitious sampling" in which police track a suspect until he or she inadvertantly sheds some DNA -- on a discarded cigarette butt, for instance, or a glass of water at a restaurant -- that can be tested against what was found at a crime scene. Opponents argue that the practice "violates a constitutional right to privacy," the article reports, while "law enforcement officials say they are just trying to solve crimes." Collection of this kind of accidental DNA sample has led to hundreds of convictions, the article says.

 

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.