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A Bargain Made

Ananyo Bhattacharya writes at The Guardian 's Notes & Theories blog that conventional thinking in science policy says that "research lay at the heart of sustainable economic growth and should serve the public interest." Because of this, Bhattacharya says, researchers have made a "devil's bargain with the state [that] has led to a narrowly utilitarian view of science that dramatically undervalues basic research." Too close a relationship between science and business could discourage would-be researchers from pursuing science as a career, and deter those who do from pursuing problems they find interesting, he adds.

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.