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Patients over Profits

Candid Engineer in Academia says that when she discovered that "instead of taking a novel approach to science for the sake of novelty, there are people who take a novel approach for the sake of patent potential," she was a bit discouraged. However, upon receiving her first royalty check and fully considering its implications, Candid Engineer says she realized that "not all patent-hungry scientists are money-hungry scientists" — rather, most are motivated to improve patient care. The blogger notes that in order to translate basic discoveries made at the bench to tangible benefits at the bedside, "the science must be patentable" so as to attract industry licensing and uptake. Candid Engineer now says she's "fortunate to be at a university that is patent-happy," staffed with technology transfer specialists and attorneys, as it "drastically improves the chances of our academic inventions being picked up by biotech companies."

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.