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Bo Fever

The Brisbane Times discusses how well geneticists know Portuguese water dogs, the breed of dog recently adopted by the Obama family. All water dogs descend from a small founding group of dogs (population 30) from the 1930s, says the article, and, along the way, the breed has been used in genetic studies. The Georgie Project, started by University of Utah geneticist Gordon Lark after his dog Georgie died, asks owners to send blood samples, pedigree lines, X-ray, and even the bodies of the pets once they die for future study.

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.