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Heading to the Hill

Not only is FDA interested in learning more about direct-to-consumer genetic tests — the deputy director of the device evaluation section wrote a letter to the Pathway Genomics CEO asking him to provide the FDA clearance or approval number for Genetic Health Report or explain why he thinks it doesn't need clearance — so is the US House of Representatives. The Wall Street Journal reports that the House Energy and Commerce Committee wants more information about Pathway's test, as well as tests done by 23andMe and Navigenics. In particular, the panel is interested in how the test is analyzed, the accuracy of those analyses, and how the companies handle the samples and the information customers provide.

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.