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Guyford Stever Dies

Guyford Stever, who headed up the National Science Foundation and served as science advisor to Presidents Nixon and Ford, died, reports the Los Angeles Times. He was 93. Stever was trained in physics at Caltech and worked with radar during World War II. After the war became the Air Force's chief scientist and helped establish NASA before leading NSF and convincing Ford to re-create the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy after Nixon abolished its predecessor. Stever was "a key figure in twentieth century science" says current NSF president Arden Bement in a statement. "As director of NSF in the early 1970s, Dr. Stever strengthened the agency's highest priority mission as supporter of basic research, conducted primarily in universities by peer-reviewed principal investigators."

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.