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Sounds Like a Fancy Word for 'Oops'

The hits just keep on coming for the Taiwan research team charged with manipulating images in a paper they published in the October edition of Cell. The scientists, who contend that no such image-doctoring took place, have formally retracted the article. A news article about it can be found here.

And speaking of retractions, one of the ScienceBlogs writers weighs in on the slew of papers that have been yanked on the finding that an algorithm used by a team that originally published it in Science yields flawed data. Blogger Sandra Porter writes, "I'm stunned that 364 publications cited his 2001 paper and no one tested the software with data sets from positive controls!"


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.