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R&D from the Comfort of an Attic

Despite having seven employees who all work from home, FerroKin Biosciences plans to bring a drug to market in 2015, reports The Atlantic's Quinn Norton. This low overhead model, Norton adds, allows the companies to focus on nice drugs, and the one FerroKin is developing is to treat congenital anemias. "The small industries and biotech freelancers springing up are, in some ways, like the divisions of the old behemoth drug company, but connected only by the tendrils of the Internet, and the relationships that grow so easily there," Norton writes. At the Decision Tree, Brian Mossop agrees that "the future of biotech discovery and development will be crafted in these specialized, small, startup companies." Mossop, though, says that that future is already here.

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.