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Have We Learned Nothing?

In his blog for Technology Review, David Ewing Duncan swoops in to remind scientists that the Cancer Genome Atlas isn't the first large-scale project to receive the kind of criticism reported in Newsweek. Recalling the community's initial reaction to the Human Genome Project, Duncan writes, "Many geneticists thought the idea of spending billions to map every nook and cranny of the human genome was a colossal waste of time and money."

 

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.