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A Whole Lotta Personal Genomes

It's a big day for the Personal Genome Project volunteers, as Technology Review points out, because for the first time they'll be "granted a glimpse at their genomes ... as part of the first release of data." That data will be submitted to a database that PGP leader George Church hopes "will serve as a public resource for personal-genomics research," the article reports. This article from the New York Times also reports on the release, and offers more comments from critics of the project.

In quasi-related news, here's a story from the Duke Chronicle about participants in the Duke Personal Variome Project, which is providing genomic data and studying "why people choose to have their genomes examined and how they react to the information they receive," the article says. Hunt Willard is quoted as saying, "This is a social revolution that people are going to have to wrap their heads around." Results of the project are expected to be published next month.

 

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.