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Hey, New Guy, Welcome to Life Under the Microscope

Wired has a blog post about Bruce Alberts, the UCSF biochemist named as the next editor-in-chief of Science. In honor of Alberts' March 2008 appointment, a Wired reporter dug up a two-year-old interview of Alberts to give readers a sense of what kinds of policies he endorses. For one thing, it's not clear that Alberts will push for open access; he was part of a committee at PNAS that tried to make articles freely accessible after just two months but, when things didn't go as expected, switched back to the six-month access policy.


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.