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A New Take on the 80/20 Rule

It's good to know that other people's minds wander during talks at conferences, too. At What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate, Neil Saunders tells us what he was thinking during some zone-outs at ComBio this year: one, that computational biologists consider information to be communally shared, not proprietary; and two, bioinformaticists need to have a variety of projects in order to be most productive. He suggests that labs follow Google's 20 percent rule - programmers spend 20 percent of their time working on fun side projects of interest - to keep the bioinformatics folks happy.

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.