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The Round of 100

Daniel MacArthur at Genetic Future blogs about the news that George Church's Personal Genome Project "has called for the next wave of volunteers." This round will include 100 people who will get their genome sequenced (at no cost to them). "The benefits to volunteers are straightforward: you get access to your own genome sequence before most human beings on the planet, and you get the warm fuzzy glow that comes with benefiting humanity," MacArthur writes.

He adds that volunteering is not for the faint of heart: "Volunteering to participate is not simply a matter of filling in a few forms: the PGP takes the notion of 'informed consent' to a new level, requiring that you prove just how informed you are by taking an entrance test that assesses your 'comprehension of concepts relevant to providing informed consent to participate in the PGP' including 'concepts such as potential risks of participating, project protocols, and basic genetics.'"

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.