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Evade Fees with Altruism?

Rosie Redfield at RRResearch has announced the launch of ScienceLeaks, a blog that aims to circumvent publishers' paywalls and "serve[s] as a clearing house, providing links to the papers people want to read." Altruistic ScienceLeaks contributors can fulfill posters' paper requests by providing a direct link to a requested article PDF, Redfield explains, though she adds that "this is just a stopgap solution." In the future, she aims to set up an improved site — which utilizes a more intuitive interface and doesn't require that she delete resolved requests manually, she says. Looking forward, however, "the real solution is to change from having subscribers pay publication costs to having granting agencies pay them, either directly or as a line item in grant budgets," Redfield writes. At the time of this posting, ScienceLeaks has logged 10 paper requests.

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.