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Any New Takers?

MIT's Chris Kaiser, who was slated to take the top spot at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, will not be doing so, reports the Nature News Blog. According to Nature, National Institutes of Health Principal Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak sent an email to Judith Greenberg, the acting NIGMS director, saying: "Chris Kaiser sent me a note today indicating that, with regret, for personal reasons he has decided to withdraw his candidacy for director of NIGMS."

Kaiser was to succeed Jeremy Berg, who left the NIGMS director post last June; Greenberg has been acting director since Berg left. Nature adds that it has been "a time of transition for the institute," as it has had to take in programs from the now-defunct National Center for Research Resources.

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.