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Fast-Tracking Francis

Francis Collins may be heading to a fast-tracked confirmation. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, which handles the NIH director nomination won't be holding a confirmation hearing, reports Science Insider. The committee would then send the nomination straight to the full Senate for a vote, perhaps as early as next week.

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.