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DNA Barcoding: Practically a Household Term

DNA barcoding makes the leap to mainstream news: An article in The Economist describes what barcoding is, how it can be used, and offers many examples of how it's changing the science of taxonomy. An area where it's seen a lot of promise, says the article, is in public health: the Mosquito Barcoding Initiative, part of the Barcode of Life project, is hoping to barcode 80 percent of the world's mosquitoes within the next two years, in order to help control the spread of diseases carried by them.

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.