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Please, Don't Steal My Junk!

More and more, geneticists are discovering that "junk" DNA might not be junk at all, that noncoding regions do, to some extent at least, serve important biological functions. Recently, according to a Wired online magazine article, intelligent design proponents are using this fact to make a case for God having had a hand in building life. Isn't it nice to know that your work decoding the functional genome is giving the intelligent design camp some good ammunition?

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.