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Being Exclusive

The latest version of the US health bill includes a provision about generic biotech drugs. The version passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee gives biotech drugs 12-year exclusivity period, reports the Wall Street Journal Health Blog. The chair of the committee, Henry Waxman, earlier this year called for a five-year period of exclusivity.

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.