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Is Science Hard to Teach, or Hard to Learn?

Half of pupils leave secondary school without a basic qualification in science, says an article in The Guardian. The story says 440 schools failed to meet basic targets, meaning they could be closed. And, for the first time, the government published the proportion of pupils who got a C or above in a language General Certificate of Secondary Education or a double science qualification (worth two GCSEs): half of pupils left without two Cs in science. “They show that 50% of people are entering the workforce without even a basic knowledge of science.”

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.