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No Word on Whether He Was Speaking From the Infallibility Chair

The Pope weighs in on science and evolution, but, according to this article in the New York Times, kept his comments fairly vague. In a quote from the article, Pope Benedict XVI says, "I would not depend on faith alone to explain the whole picture. Essentially, he said that neither science nor faith can fully explain evolution. We're willing to bet at least some scientists have other ideas in mind.


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.