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A New Project for 23andMe

23andMe launched a new research effort, called Roots into the Future, that the company says will focus on the African-American community. "Our goal is to enroll 10,000 participants who self-identify as African American, Black, or African in order to rapidly accelerate genetic research in the African American community," 23andMe says at its Spitoon blog. This project, the post adds, was prompted by a recent article in Wired that noted that 96 percent of genomic study participants are of European ancestry. "Overall this seems like a commendable initiative," writes Daniel MacArthur at Genetic Future. "It seems likely that — assuming the company achieves its recruitment goals — they will be able to contribute substantially to our understanding of disease genetics in a politically and medically important non-European population."

The Scan

Call for a Different Tack

Experts weigh the value of recent experiments testing genetically modified pig kidneys using brain-dead individuals, according to Nature News.

Wastewater Warning

The New York Times reports that wastewater surveillance in some parts of the US point to a possible surge.

Can't Get in the Program

Due to the Northern Ireland protocol dispute, the European Union is preventing UK researchers from joining the Horizon Europe research program, the Times of London reports.

Science Paper on Spatial-Controlled Genome Editing

In Science this week: approach to enable a CRISPR-Cas13a-based system to be used as a cancer therapy.