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Beyond the Data

"Does trusting your gut make you unscientific?" asks postdoc Andrew Pontzen at New Scientist's Big Wide World blog. Does being 'scientific' mean completely taking in every single idea or theory on a given subject before making a conclusion? Snap judgments on the validity of certain theories is a common thing in science, as is skepticism. Researchers use their existing knowledge to judge any new incoming information, Pontzen says. Of course, starting with "wrong beliefs" will lead to "making unreasonable snap judgments," he says, though he adds that part of being 'scientific' is letting evidence override those beliefs when necessary. "We can then live with snap judgments and trust that other people will keep presenting us with new evidence if we really are wrong," Pontzen 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.