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Good Times With R

The New York Times discusses the growing popularity of the programming language R. The article says the open source program has taken off because people without programming backgrounds find it easy to use, plus it's free. "The great beauty of R is that you can modify it to do all sorts of things," the chief economist at Google, Hal Varian, tells the Times. At his blog, Thomas Mailund adds, "Together with Python and C++ it is one of my favorite languages and I have been using it almost daily for the last four-five years."

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.