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In This Barrel, We Keep the Pork

At RealClearMarkets, Adams Capital Management's Bill Frezza says that the Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative is a warning -- he calls the LSI "pork festooned with countless earmarks"-- of what is to come from public-private partnerships. He worries that the new challenges of clean energy and advancing the healthcare system will meet the same fate. "There will be no real Change until each of us confronts the shortcomings in ourselves, rejecting the temptation to serve as willing accomplices in a game rigged to serve only our gamemasters be they Red, Blue, or Green," Frezza says.

 

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.