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Summer Science Book Club

Summer's just about here, and for many that means there's time to head to the beach with a good book. If you don't want to go for Amazon's list, Sciencebase's David Bradley reviews five science books good for just hanging around. "None of the new science books on my desk this morning are more than an inch thick," he says. At the top of the list is Greg Gibson's It Takes a Genome, which Bradley says "provides new insights into why we are facing new epidemics." Another one on the list is Sherry Seethaler's Lies, Damned Lies, and Science in which she "explains the difference between cause and coincidence and shows you how to recognise lies, truthiness, and pseudo-expertise." Also reviewed are Stephen Maran and Laurence Marschall's Gallileo's New Universe, a posthumous "autobiography" of Max Perutz called What a Time I am Having, and Robert Lanza's Biocentrism.

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.