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Sall4 in Embryonic Development

Researchers at the Nevada Cancer Institute in Las Vegas found that Sall4, a zinc-finger transcription factor that is expressed very early in embryonic development with Oct4 and Nanog, plays a diverse role in regulating stem cell pluripotency during early embryonic development. Using chIP-chip analysis to map genome-wide gene targets of Sall4 in mouse ES cells, they found that the protein bound 3,223 genes, many of which have major functions in developmental and regulatory pathways. They published their results yesterday in PNAS.

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.