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It May Be No Fiesta, But They've Still Got Game

Researchers at Ohio State University published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrating their studies of high-energy states of DNA and RNA using ultraviolet light, rather than fluorescence, illustrating what they call the "dark state" of these molecules. Since UV light can lead to genetic alterations, it is posited that these "dark states" may cause damage to DNA.

Access to the full article requires a subscription to PNAS. Click here for the abstract or here for the layman's version on the Buckeye website.

 

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.