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Speedy Science

In today's issue of Science ($):

A review article from Christophe Fraser and colleagues looks at alternative approaches to defining bacterial species. The team used computer simulations of speciation in an attempt to provide more accurate categorization of bacteria.

A paper from Chava Kimchi-Sarfaty et al. at the US National Cancer Institute presents findings that a SNP previously considered "silent" is in fact linked to altered function of the MDR1 gene. And in a perspective piece for that paper, Anton Komar from Cleveland State University writes about the "silent but not invisible" SNPs.

 

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.