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Publish, Dammit! And Pipette Faster, Too

In his blog, T. Ryan Gregory addresses the glass-half-empty crowd in a post on why advisors encourage their grad students to publish. While many people argue that this push to publish is negative -- both in the advisor's motivation and in the upshot for the student -- Gregory says there are plenty of positive reasons for scientists to egg on their students' literary endeavors. "Implicit assumptions that advisors have only their own selfish interests at heart can do little more than to discourage students from trying their hand at research and to offend advisors who care sincerely about their students," he writes.


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.