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BGI Comes to Boston

BGI has come to Massachusetts, establishing a subsidiary which will offer resources for sequencing and analyzing DNA to its collaborators and clients in North and South America, reports the Boston Globe's Carolyn Johnson. BGI's new facility is located in Cambridge, not far from the Broad Institute, Johnson says, and it also plans to open a genome center in San Francisco by early next year. The institute's president of American operations, Paul Tu, tells Johnson that BGI needs a "fee-for-service" as it grows, as government grants alone cannot support all the research BGI undertakes.

In September, our sister publication In Sequence reported on BGI's expansion efforts here.

The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.