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It's a Lovely Place to Raise Bacteria

The Economist weighs in, so to speak, on Jeff Gordon's research into the human gut microbiome and its link to obesity. Our favorite line in the article: "Humans might view themselves as a sort of collective organism - a human casing surrounding a vast colony of microbes."

Human casing. Now that's just yummy, isn't 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.