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Need to Speed Up Your PhD? Move to Canada

Here's a story to whip up some US-versus-Canada debate. TR Gregory has a post on his Genomicron blog about a recent report that Canadian students complete their PhD degrees more quickly than students in the US. (GTO thinks that's because students in the US have more warm weather to distract them from their studies.) Gregory notes that the prevalence of MSc degree opportunities in Canada gives students a chance to try out science and see whether it's right for them before committing to a full PhD -- and he encourages people to take advantage of the option to start in a master's program when possible.

 

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.