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Now If Only We Could Get Them to Grow UPC Codes

BBC News reports that "hundreds of experts from 50 nations are set to agree on a 'DNA barcode' system that gives every plant on Earth a unique genetic fingerprint," according to this article. The barcode information will be available through a worldwide database, and the new system was slated to be made official during the third International Barcode of Life conference, held this week in Mexico City.

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.