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OK, You Pin Him Down and I'll Swab His Cheek

Genealogy an "extreme sport?" In its latest installment in a series of articles exploring the "DNA Age," this New York Times piece probes the lengths to which amateur genealogists go in order to get the goods: DNA sequences of their closest living relatives. Unlike paper records, which can be hard to come by and even harder to verify, a genetic test can quickly and definitively tell if someone is a relative. At $99 a pop, it's plausible that you could find out if you're actually related to J. Craig. The question remains, would you really want to know?

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.