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Here's a Way to Solve the Privacy Debate: There's No Such Thing

In an age when many say they want to keep certain information private — the United States House of Representatives recently passed the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act — people often forget that much of their personal data is already available, either on the internet or from credit companies, says Times columnist Jonathan Weber. Though most companies say they try to protect people's privacy, sometimes that just does not happen, as Weber discovered when his health insurance company accidentally released his family's medical history to the public. Weber now agrees with Scott McNealy, who said, "You have no privacy. Get over it."

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.