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Finding out that you are predisposed to Alzheimer's disease doesn't appear to impart any short-term psychological risks, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers randomly assigned 162 adults with a parent with Alzheimer's disease to receive the results of their own APOE test or not and measured the participants for anxiety, depression, and test-related distress six weeks, six months, and one year afterward.

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Nature News writes that scientists are trying to figure out how to name the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are emerging.

The New York Times reports that researchers are studying identical twins who had COVID-19 to understand the influence of genetics on disease severity.

In PNAS this week: epistasis affecting cystic fibrosis, Tiger rattlesnake genome gives venom insight, and more.