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When Will Google Take Over Our World?

There have been rumors for at least a couple of years now that the brain trust at Google is working on a better way to index genome sequence data. It's not that we doubt our friends at GenBank - but if history is any indicator, where Google dives in, all previous methods seem inferior (does anyone remember how we lived before Google Maps? Neither do we).

To add to the rumors, this video from Google's gallery features Tim Hubbard from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute giving a 37-minute presentation to the folks at the Googleplex. Entitled "Keeping Up With The Human Genome," the presentation looks at the data and analysis challenges in genomics and proteomics, among other things. Hubbard gave this talk a month ago, but we think it's still worth a peek.

 

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.