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Staff Cut at NIH

Due to budget constraints, the National Institutes of Health is cutting the contractors that run its electronic grant systems by 20 percent, reports ScienceInsider. This will have a "significant impact" on eRA services, writes Sally Rockey, the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, in a letter to extramural staff. "[The impact] will be experienced in eRA's responses to applicant/grantee and staff enquiries; in diagnosing system problems and finding solutions; and in the operational support for both scheduled system outages and unexpected downtimes," she says. Rockey adds that much of the problem is due to budget uncertainty — the 2011 US federal budget has not yet been set, and, indeed, a government shutdown may occur when the stopgap agreement expires at midnight tonight.

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.