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'Lab Coat to No Lab Coat'

Blogger LabMom at The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love examines children's misconceptions of scientists — as demonstrated by a Fermilab exercise — which she says are formed at a very young age. Cartoon scientists, she says, "influence our kids' ideas much more than even close contact with actual scientists." She adds that the best way to expose children to what scientists are really like is to bring them to the lab, so that they can see for themselves. In the Fermilab experiment, she says, seventh graders were asked to illustrate and describe scientists both before and after a visit to the facility and their drawings shows that "exposure therapy" is efficacious. DrugMonkey's post on the Fermilab project has generated several comments. Becca notes the "lab coat to no-lab-coat" change, while reader Namnezia says "I like how the gender often changes from male to female after the visit," adding that "if the scientist stays male, then he grows a goatee."

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.