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Honoring Gerald Fink

The Peter & Patricia Gruber Foundation has named Whitehead Institute founding member Gerald Fink the recipient of the 2010 Gruber Genetics Prize in honor of his "pioneering work in yeast genetics." Fink says in a Whitehead statement that "this award was quite a surprise, a good surprise," and that "it represents recognition by my peers, which is really the ultimate, because these are the people who understand what I did." The Gruber Foundation touts his yeast transformation work as "leading the list of Fink's groundbreaking contributions," and lauds his discovery of the genetic mechanisms "by which disease-causing fungi form probing filaments and switch from being benign to infectious." According to Whitehead, Fink will receive the Gruber Prize, which comes with $500,000 and a medal, on November 4 at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting, where he will present a lecture.

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.