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Party On, Postdocs

The National Postdoctoral Association has declared September 20 through 24 "National Postdoc Appreciation Week" as part of the organization's effort "to increase awareness and appreciation of postdocs' contributions to US research." Institutions across the country have planned events — coffee breaks, barbeques, and happy hours, to name a few — to "recognize the significant contributions that postdocs make to scientific discovery," according to the NPA. The National Institutes of Health is also heeding the NPA's call to celebrate its postdoctoral and clinical fellows this week with a variety of activities, including "Postdoc Night" at a Washington Nationals baseball game and trivia challenges for postdocs and their PIs. A complete list of the scheduled events, listed by state, city, and institution, can be accessed here.

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.