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Quality, Not Quantity

The US may need to have "fewer but better" top research institutions, the president of the Association of American Universities, Robert Berdahl, says. In February, Berdahl wrote a letter to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), asking, among other things: "How many research universities does the United States realistically require in order to maintain its agenda of innovation and advanced training?" Alexander and three other members of Congress have now asked the National Academies this week "to study and report on the 'top 10 actions' that the government and research universities could take to maintain the quality of the universities and ensure the nation's economic growth," says the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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.