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David Swarbreck has joined the Norwich, UK-based Genome Analysis Center as genome analysis team leader. His group will work on annotation and analysis of plant, animal and microbial genomes.

Swarbreck was most recently at the Carnegie Institute. Previously, he served as a lead scientific curator at the Arabidopsis Information Resource, and a senior computer biologist at the Sanger Institute.


George Church has been awarded the 2011 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science for "innovative and creative contributions to genomic science," including the development of sequencing technologies. Church invented multiplex sequencing and also founded the Personal Genome Project. He is a professor of genomics at Harvard Medical School, and has founded or advised more than 20 biotechnology companies, including Knome, Complete Genomics, and 23andMe.


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.