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Another Chapter in Greek Mythology

Draft legislation will be debated this year in Britain on whether to allow hybrid animal-human embryos to be implanted back into a woman's womb. Roman Catholic bishops argue that it's immoral to destroy them, whereas scientists are saying that the bishops are misunderstanding the research: it's not human eggs that are being used, but cow and sheep eggs. Considering all the ways scientists are humanizing animals, wouldn’t this be considered "animalizing" humans? We’re confused, too.
 

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.