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Oh, the Pressure

Pressure to publish scientific papers has led to the ability to publish just about anything, whether the paper merits publication or not, writes University College London's David Colquhoun in the Guardian. Colquhoun notes that a department at his institution had "productivity" targets, namely that researchers should publish three papers a year, one of which should be in a high-impact-factor journal. "The effect of instructions like that is to reduce the quality of science and to demoralise the victims of this sort of mismanagement," he says. Colquhoun adds that the only beneficiaries of the pressure to publish are publishers.

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.