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Cardio Diagnostics Epi+Gen CHD Heart Disease Risk Assessment Test

Cardio Diagnostic has launched Epi+Gen CHD, a heart disease risk assessment test. Potential patients fill out a screening questionnaire that is reviewed by a board-certified clinician. If eligible for the test, a sampling kit is sent to the patient's home. After the sample is collected, it is shipped to a partner CLIA-certified lab for processing. After approval by a board-certified pathologist, the results are released to the ordering clinician for review and discussion with the patient. According to Cardio Diagnostics' website, the measures DNA methylation status at three specific loci and genotype at five loci. An artificial intelligence-guided algorithm interprets the results of the DNA methylation contextually with respect to the genetic variation, allowing it to interpret epigenetic signatures that would otherwise be confounded by background genetic variation, the company said.

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.