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Keeping It Level, For Now

Funding levels in the US are staying at fiscal year 2010 levels for a little longer as Congress approved a continuing resolution while they hammer out the 2011 budget, reports Writedit at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship. She also points to a press release from the Association of American Medical Colleges that notes that the resolution lasts through the 18th of December. AAMC adds that Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), who is on the appropriations committee, "again expressed opposition to 'any potential omnibus spending bill.' ... He also opposed extending the CR for the balance of FY 2011 at current level, which he described as 'frankly, too darn high.'"

At his blog, DrugMonkey looks into how continuing resolutions affect the funding of grants by searching through Reporter. He is surprised to find that seven NIH institutes "are on the ball with multiple new awards each" with December start dates.

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.