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Quaking With Fear

There is increasing political will for open access to taxpayer-financed scientific research, The Economist reports. The British government recently announced that all research that it funds must be freely available online, beginning in 2013. Shortly thereafter, the European Union said that research it funds between 2014 and 2020 must also be accessible online, for free. Further, The Economist says, the success of open-access publisher Public Library of Science has led to it offering seven journals and an influx of new open-access journals. "A revolution, then, has begun. Technology permits it; researchers and politicians want it," The Economist writes. "If scientific publishers are not trembling in their boots, they should be."

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.