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The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research's David Page stood up for the Y chromosome last month. He and his colleagues published a paper in Nature saying the chromosome would be stable for millions of years, despite early decay, and despite other researchers' claims that the decay was a sign that the chromosome would eventually disappear. Page made an appearance on the Colbert Report Monday night to explain his work. "Nothing much has happened to the Y chromosome in the last 25 million years," Page said, using props to illustrate his point. "So this in turn tells us that all this shrinkage of the Y chromosome mostly played out a couple of hundred million years ago. … So [men] are going to be OK."

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.