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Science Stars in Government

US President Barack Obama is bringing a "stellar list of scientists" to work for the federal government, writes James Gentile, from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, in the Huffington Post. Francis Collins, he adds, is just the latest scientist to be confirmed. Gentile says that Collins is just the person to help build a new high-tech-based economy. "The Human Genome Project undoubtedly will provide part of the solid foundation that America requires for a booming 21st-century economy, so who better to direct America's efforts to expand that foundation than Dr. Collins?" Gentile writes.

The Scan

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.

Tibetan Study Finds Adaptive Variant Influencing Skin Pigmentation

With a combination of phenotyping and genetic data, researchers document at PNAS a Tibetan-enriched enhancer variant influencing melanin synthesis and ultraviolet light response.

Domestication Linked to Nervous System Genes in Inbred Mouse Strains

Researchers highlighted more than 300 positively selected genes in domesticated mice, including genes linked to nervous system function or behavior in Genome Biology.

ALS Genetic Testing May Be Informative Across Age Ranges, Study Finds

Researchers in the journal Brain identified clinically actionable variants in a significant subset of older ALS patients, prompting them to point to the potential benefits of broader test use.