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The Lists Are Getting Shorter

At the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog, Sarah Rubenstein wonders why Howard Dean is a long-shot choice for the Health and Human Services top job. She says that Dean's problem is not his credentials -- he's doctor who as governor of Vermont revamped the state's health insurance system -- but rather his personality conflicts. In the past, Dean sparred with Rahm Emanuel, now the president's chief of staff, and had a tough fight with Missouri's Dick Gephardt during the 2004 presidential campaign (one of Gephardt's strategists, David Plouffe, ran the Obama campaign). The current favorite for the HHS spot is the governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius.

On the FDA front, the front-runners are Joshua Sharfstein and Margaret Hamburg, according to the Washington Post. Sharfstein is Baltimore's health commissioner and was a health policy advisor to Henry Waxman. Hamburg was the assistant secretary of health and human services for policy and evaluation during the Clinton administration and was the New York City health commissioner.

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.