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A Quick Primer

The Washington Post rounds up how scientific thought on genes has evolved since Gregor Mendel tended his pea plants. It’s a good place to send those English majors who don’t quite understand how biology has changed from "one gene, one protein" to include non-coding elements, those insulators, micro-RNAs, exon-splicing enhancers, or 3'-untranslated hairpins that regulate the protein-encoding genes.

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.