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Fighting a Pandemic with One Eye Closed

An article in The Scientist worries that despite advances in vaccines, many scientists worry that not enough is being done to curtail the next pandemic. Scientists at the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Penn State are taking a systems approach to disease; they hope to solve the problem of potentially pandemic parasites by marrying things like population biology and ecology to epidemiology and genomics.

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.