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Rocking for Cancer

National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins took the stage to play the guitar at the "Stand Up to Cancer" fundraiser, reports the Los Angeles Times. Collins was "jamming onstage with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Kris Kristofferson, Aaron Neville and the Wilson sisters of Heart," the article says. In the crowd, the article continues, were scientists funded by the group and they were taking pictures of Collins performing. "Here he is, crossing both worlds," Elizabeth Blackburn says to the LA Times, "which is what this is all about."

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.