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'Furlough' Sounds Better Than 'Pay Cut'

Professors at state schools are being told to take furloughs, reports The Scientist. The University of California put a furlough plan into place last week, following similar measures at Arizona State University, Clemson University, the University of Maryland, and the University of North Carolina. "The teaching load is not being reduced, [nor] the expectations for producing," the American Association of University Professors' John Curtis says. "It's something we really hadn't heard of except in isolated cases, and then all of a sudden this spring, probably about 12 public colleges or universities announced furloughs of one kind or another."

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.