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Pioneering Geneticist John Thoday Dies

John Thoday, former professor of genetics at Cambridge University, died at the age of 91, reports this obituary in The Guardian. Thoday's reputation hinged on bringing to prominence the study of genetics, and how genes play equally significant roles in genetic variation and evolution. He built up the department of genetics at Cambridge in the 1960s and 70s, receiving a fellowship to the Royal Society in 1965, and serving as president of the Genetical Society from 1975 to 1977.

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.