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Ancestry: Gene Alston

Consumer genomics firm Ancestry has appointed Gene Alston as an independent member of its board of directors. Alston is currently vice president of commerce business and operations at Facebook. Prior to this, he held various positions at Pinterest, Groupon, and PayPal, where he led teams and was responsible for business development, partnerships, acquisitions, and international expansion.

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.