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Anton? At Least There's No Acronym

David Shaw, head of the investment firm D. E. Shaw & Company is building a new supercomputer that will be able to model molecular simulations that span not microseconds, but milliseconds. The computer, called Anton (after Anton van Leeuwenhoek), will model protein folding reactions and protein-drug interactions on a time scale that would allow "new kinds of biological processes that would not otherwise be observable," says a NYT article. "If you can do 1,000 times longer, real proteins come into play," Shaw said in a lecture at Stanford in 2006.

 

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.