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No Mention of Raindrops on Roses or Whiskers on Kittens

Dan Koboldt has a post at MassGenomics singing the praises of Maq, the short read alignment tool from Heng Li that was just published in Genome Research. "It's an important milestone for the open source tool that, by most accounts, out-performs just about every next-gen alignment algorithm to come out," he writes. Koboldt lists his 10 favorite attributes of the tool, including the map file, read simulation, good documentation, and more.


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.