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Proteins Don't Belong to Companies

The UK's High Court revoked Human Genome Sciences' patent on neutrokine-alpha, a protein involved in a number of inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, asthma and chronic pulmonary disease, says the Financial Times. The judge ruled that HGS never said what the protein did or how it would function as a drug target in its initial application, according to the article, which also hints that HGS will have to scramble in its ongoing collaboration with GSK on a neutrokine-alpha drug for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

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.