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Saphetor Varsome 9.5

Saphetor has released version 9.5 of its VarSome genomic annotation software tool. The new version, which draws from more than 100 data sources, features several classifier updates, as well as an improved user interface, according to the company. The update covers the basic, free VarSome platform, as well as the paid VarSome Premium (formerly called Pro) and VarSome Clinical versions. Notably, Saphetor has amended VarSome Clinical coverage categories for germline variant detection for regions with coverage of more than 20x.  

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.