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In Nature this week: loci linked to major depressive disorder, and more.

With genotypes for hundreds of thousands of individuals, investigators uncovered 15 loci linked to major depressive disorder in individuals with European ancestry.

The firm plans to launch testing in the US this fall through Atlanta-based Alpha Genomix, and is looking for similar partners in Asia for a new Asia-specific panel.

Researchers identified Neanderthal alleles associated with human conditions using genotypic and phenotypic information in health records for more than 28,000 individuals. 

The company's test, CNSDose, incorporates multiple genes involved in metabolism of antidepressants in the liver and how they cross into the brain via the blood-brain-barrier.

A genome-wide association study of some 89,000 people linked variants in circadian rhythm genes to being a morning person.

At Quartz, Jennifer Walker discusses the little talked about issue of depression in graduate school.

In Nature this week: two loci linked to depression, CRISPR/Cas9-based study of diarrhea-causing microbe, and more.

The CONVERGE consortium has found two loci, including one near a mitochondrial biogenesis gene, that are associated with major depressive disorder.

The gift from the Hersch Foundation also will be used to create the Julie K. Hersch Chair in depression research and clinical care. 

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Nature News writes that scientists are trying to figure out how to name the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are emerging.

The New York Times reports that researchers are studying identical twins who had COVID-19 to understand the influence of genetics on disease severity.

In PNAS this week: epistasis affecting cystic fibrosis, Tiger rattlesnake genome gives venom insight, and more.