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Oh, the Things One Can Do With An Expression Database

Pedro Beltrao at Public Rambling gets inspiration from and makes use of a recently published Cell paper to do a quick analysis of the potential effects of mRNA localization patterns in the developing D. melanogaster embryo. The paper found that a large fraction of the genes had localization patterns during some stage of the embryonic development. Beltrao used this knowledge along with Fly-FISH, a database documenting these expression patterns, to conclude that "the degree of mRNA co-localization significantly correlates with the likelihood of genetic or physical association."

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.