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The Con Artistry of Man's Best Friend

For anyone who has seen Best in Show, dog owners can be an interesting lot. They rampantly anthropomorphize their dog’s behavior, says this Atlantic Monthly article. Data from the Dog Genome Project shows how dogs are genetically programmed to dupe their owners, even those over at the Westminster Kennel Club show, into letting them mooch their way into an easier life.

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.