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Worth It Yet?

MSN Money takes a look at personalized genomic testing, specifically focusing on the full sequencing offered by Knome. Knome's price tag has dropped from $350,000 to $99,000, while in the article George Church says that the actual cost of mapping a genome is about $5,000. MSN Money adds that Knome customers also receive "an encrypted key in a sterling-silver case engraved with the Greek words for 'know thyself'" and they can plug into their computers to use the KnomeXplorer. Blaine Bettinger at the Genetic Genealogist adds that he is encouraged by the price mentioned by Church. "I've predicted that I will be able to purchase genome sequencing for $1,000 or less by December 31, 2009. Think I'll make it?" he asks.

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.