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As Long as It's Bad for Disease

Paul Stoffels, company group chairman for Global R&D Pharmaceuticals at Johnson & Johnson, has a guest blog at CNBC about how "recent advances in science, genomics technologies, biomarkers, and drug development" have coalesced to offer the potential for personalized medicine. Using HIV drug development as an example, Stoffels makes the case that relying on diagnostic expertise throughout the process led not only to more targeted treatment, but also helped the pharma make better drugs. "Their combination approach meant that development was faster, approval was faster, and reimbursement happened more quickly," he writes. "That's a model that's good for pharmaceutical companies, good for regulators, good for payers and good for patients."

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.