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New Products: COSMIC: Jan 18, 2012


The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has released version 57 of COSMIC, the Catalog of Somatic Mutations in Cancer. The new version includes one new cancer gene (NFE2L2), 12 new fusion gene pairs, and data from eight recent genome-wide screens.

In addition, the COSMIC team has added six new cancer genes (FAM46C, FBXO11, HEY1, SRSF2, U2AF1, and ZRSR2) to the catalog's cancer gene census, bringing the total number of cancer-related genes in the resource to 473.

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.