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Obsolete, Generic, and General? Sounds Great

With genomics and genome-scanning taking off, Evolgen delves again into what the definition of a gene is, though he thinks the term is "obsolete" and "overly generic." Drawing on Carl Zimmer's recent article in the New York Times which includes gene definitions from Ewan Birney, Thomas Gingeras, and David Haussler, Evolgen says he agrees the most with Birney and Haussler who say that many transcripts don't wind up doing much. "The gene is far too general, and more specific terminology is warranted in most cases. And I haven't even touched on the importance of epigenetics," Evolgen writes.

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.