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Dusting off Science

As President-elect Obama fills out his cabinet positions, people in the sciences are wondering just when he will name a science advisor. To increase the status of the position, Chris Mooney says at the online publication Science Progress that the advisor should be named soon, and announced as prominently as the other cabinet-level positions have been. Olivia Judson weighs in with a blog post at the New York Times on the "rubbishing of science" that has occurred during the Bush administration. She says Obama should "restore science in government."

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.