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Researchers at Oxford University and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology in Switzerland are asking yeti enthusiasts or anyone with samples thought to be from the creature alternatively known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch to share them for DNA analysis as part of the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project, LiveScience reports. Oxford's Bryan Sykes tells the Associated Press that he and his colleagues have already received offers of samples. The AP adds that Sykes says "he has always been intrigued by stories of yeti sightings, but he would rely on science rather than such tales to prove if the stories are credible." LiveScience notes that while it is unlikely that Sykes and his colleagues will identify a yeti, they may find unknown species among the samples they receive. "It would be wonderful if one or more turned out to be species we don't know about, maybe primates, maybe even collateral hominids," Sykes says.

The Scan

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.

Machine Learning Improves Diagnostic Accuracy of Breast Cancer MRI, Study Shows

Combining machine learning with radiologists' interpretations further increased the diagnostic accuracy of MRIs for breast cancer, a Science Translational Medicine paper finds.

Genome Damage in Neurons Triggers Alzheimer's-Linked Inflammation

Neurons harboring increased DNA double-strand breaks activate microglia to lead to neuroinflammation like that seen in Alzheimer's disease, a new Science Advances study finds.

Long COVID-19 Susceptibility Clues Contained in Blood Plasma Proteome

A longitudinal study in eBioMedicine found weeks-long blood plasma proteome shifts after SARS-CoV-2 infection, along with proteomic signatures that appeared to coincide with long Covid risk.