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Bacterial Computing

Bacteria can be tiny organic computers. Researchers from Keio University in Tokyo were able to insert and retrieve a message, Einstein's famous E=MC2 and the year 1903, into the genome of Bacillus subtilis, reports The Guardian. Bacteria, the researchers say, can store a lot of information and pass it on to their descendants and be resistant to losing any of that information for millions of years.

We don't know about everyone, but we have some files that we’d like to lose after, say, a thousand years.

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.