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Harold Varmus, Author

National Cancer Institute director and Nobel prize winner Harold Varmus writes in the Washington Post that he wasn't much interested in science in high school — he much preferred novels. Varmus writes then became "disenchanted" with studying English literature in graduate school and headed to medical school. He has, to some extent, circled back around as he has written a memoir called "The Art and Politics of Science" and will be appearing at the National Book Festival. "As an author, I discovered things about myself and was changed in the process," Varmus writes. "Perhaps, after all, I still prefer novels to chemistry."

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.