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The Database of Databases

The latest issue of Nucleic Acid Research is the journal's annual database roundup. This year, the database list is "the largest yet [with] 68 new databases and updates of 106 existing databases," according to an editorial by Alex Batemen of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Bateman's editorial is a nice look at the current state of databases, and offers several suggestions for how to build a good database, starting with: "The quality, quantity and originality of data as well as the quality of the web interface are the most important. Good data with a poor interface or vice versa are never sufficient for consideration."

 

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.