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So That Bridge Is For Sale?

A spate of new products has been announced today. Over at ThinkGeek, you can now pick up arsenic-based sea monkeys found in Mono Lake, Calif. By eating the arsenic-using bacteria that were recently discovered by NASA scientists, the sea monkeys "also gained the ability to substitute arsenic for phosphorus," ThinkGeek says. While you are there you can also try the tasty and crispy pork rinds that are made from the carnage left behind by those Angry Birds. And if you want to know just what those pigs have been saying or want to know what your lab mice think of you, check out Google UK's new Translate for Animals, an app for the Android phone. It "recognises and transcribes words and phrases that are common to a species, like cats for example," Google UK says. On the Gmail side of the Google business, there's a new way to control your email account, using motion. This new technology "uses your computer's built-in webcam and Google's patented spatial tracking technology to detect your movements and translate them into meaningful characters and commands." If you still want to type, you could always Google 'Helvetica' and see what happens.

In addition, 23andMe announced on its blog The Spittoon that, due to a new discovery, the company is changing its name. Due to a new paper from David Hines, the company is now 24andMe due to his discovery of a 24th human chromosome.

Happy April, all.

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.