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That May Be Asking a Bit Much ...

In response to Zen Faulkes' recent post at Better Posters, in which Faulkes says that academic scientists ought to obtain a "wide range of skills" beyond the bench, including "graphic literacy," Grant Jacobs at Code for Life expresses his disagreement. "Graphic illustration is not core to science," Jacobs says. While he agrees that researchers ought to prepare their own posters and attempt to "take on the graphics," Jacobs says that "insisting [illustration] be a required skill seems misplaced." While Faulkes says that "nobody would ever excuse biologists for not running statistical tests for their experiment because 'they're not professional mathematicians,'" Jacobs say that "statistics in one sense is a core skill" in science, but adds that non-statistician biologists ought to collaborate with a bioinformatician should their work require a specialist's assistance. In the same vein, he adds, "there are good reasons that better research departments have an illustrations department."

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.