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MIT's Education Arcade is building a massively multiplayer online game to help students learn biology and math, according to a press release from the school. The group received $3 million in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will enable it to develop the game in conjunction with the Wisconsin-based software developer Filament Games. "This genre of games is uniquely suited to teaching the nature of science inquiry," Eric Klopfer, the program director, says in a statement, "because they provide collaborative, self-directed learning situations. Players take on the roles of scientists, engineers and mathematicians to explore and explain a robust virtual world." A pilot game is expected by spring.

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.