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I Like My Science Straight Up, Thank You Very Much

Steven Salzberg lauds Sam Harris's letter to Nature that criticizes the journal's support of religion. According to Harris, Nature took a wrong turn in publishing a religion-tinged editorial from Ziauddin Sardar and complimenting Francis Collins's book on faith and science. Salzberg says that religion has many venues to be discussed and that science has relatively few. "The title of the journal is Nature, not Supernature," writes Salzberg.

 

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.