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With Just Four Shopping Days Left, It's Time to Get Out the Buccal Swab

GTO very nearly derailed this morning, and it's all thanks to this Technology Review article on "Gifts for Geeks." With a siren-song headline like that, it took all of our self-restraint to come back to the land of the Daily Scan. Don't miss this roundup of gift ideas "for the science enthusiast in your life," as TR puts it. While the GTO community will enjoy the genome sequence from Knome or the (much cheaper) customized DNA portrait designed by an immunologist, our favorite is the wi-fi detector shirt. Plug three batteries into a pocket, and bars on the shirt light up when you're in range of a good wireless signal. Sure, a sniffer would be much more subtle, but this gift list is all about geeking out.


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.