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Taming the Database

Tech Guy in Midtown talks about his love for Git, writing, "I'm hooked. I'm kicking SVN to the curb." He says that the appeal of Git includes its lightweight branching, that no server is required, and that unlike Subversion, it doesn't use .svn directories.

At Bioinformatics Zen, Michael Barton recommends that computational biologists learn to use relational databases that have object relational mapping systems. Learning to use a database takes time, he says, and that's why he likes ORM as it "makes using a database easy and code simpler to write" and "the data are called in the familiar programming syntax of the language you are used to."

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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.