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Folding, Melting, and Your Friend the Transcriptome

The early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science sports some interesting open-access research papers today. Clemens Scherzer and colleagues report results of their transcriptome-wide scan to locate blood-based biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease, while Hairong Ma’s team at Caltech detail observations on the folding and melting of DNA in a real-time setting.

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.