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Not Just One of the Plagues

Model organisms get a mention as the New York Times speaks with Cambridge University's Jeremy Niven about his work on locusts — Niven says that insects can help researchers better parse out the nervous system. "We have not discovered yet the neural circuits in humans that are involved in reaching for objects. However, we might be able to work that out in locusts," he says. "We already know that it doesn't take a huge brain to accurately control the limbs. These insects do it. There are all kinds of possibilities for robotics and for rehabilitative medicine in these studies."

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.