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Any Chance for God Gene Homologs in Model Orgs?

You won't find a GWAS here, but this New York Times piece on the "God gene" and how it evolved is bound to get conversation going about religion and science. "Religion has the hallmarks of an evolved behavior, meaning that it exists because it was favored by natural selection," writes Nick Wade. He covers why the evolution of a God gene would be difficult to swallow both for proponents and opponents of religion before positing that perhaps the "evolutionary perspective on religion" could "become the basis for some kind of detente between religion and science." He writes, "Biologists and many atheists have a lot of respect for evolution and its workings, and if they regarded religious behavior as an evolved instinct they might see religion more favorably, or at least recognize its constructive roles."

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.