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Move It Around

While a Senate proposal will shrink the US National Science Foundation's 2012 by $162 million, it may give the agency some flexibility on how to spend that money, reports ScienceInsider. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted last week to allot $6.7 billion to NSF for fiscal year 2012 and the lawmakers are considering allowing NSF to shift $100 million from its research budget to its facilities budget. "The shift, if adopted, would allow NSF to stay on schedule in building out the Ocean Observatories Initiative and begin major construction on the National Ecological Observatory Network," ScienceInsider notes.

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.