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Tastes Like Chicken

The US Food and Drug Administration took a major step toward giving the all-clear to cloning for agricultural purposes, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal ($). The agency announced "that it couldn't find any differences between the meat and milk of healthy conventionally bred livestock and that of healthy cloned animals. As a result, the agency proposed allowing the meat and milk of cloned animals and their offspring to be sold without any special labeling to alert customers," the article states.

WSJ invited reader feedback, and got an overall positive response from people who say they endorse the FDA's decision. We say: if you can't tell the difference between conventional meat and cloned meat, where's the fun? We'd partake just for the bragging rights.

 

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.