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Even Systems Biologists Should Care About Global Warming

An excerpt posted on Edge, from physicist Freeman Dyson's new book, Many Colored Glass: Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe, expounds on his self-described heretical theories as a scientist. Words of wisdom from an 82-year-old heretic whose scientific ideas bridge many disciplines: "The main lesson that I would like them to take home is that the long-range future is not predetermined. ... All our fashionable worries and all our prevailing dogmas will probably be obsolete in fifty years."

Much of the essay relates to global warming, but there's also a nice anecdote at the end about advice Dyson gave to Francis Crick some 60 years ago. It's always nice to know that even heretics can be wrong sometimes.

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.