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Science and the Presidency

The BBC rounds up the influence of science on US presidents past as well and the current candidates. Science, says the article, informs presidential decision-making from energy policy, to war, to the conduction of research in the nation. Physicist Michio Kaku tells the BBC that grasping the science behind building atomic bombs could influence if or when a country goes to war. Nobel laureate Paul Nurse adds that the current stem cell research policy "is absolutely text book stuff of how not to get politics engaged with science." If you're in the UK, you can watch the report here.

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.