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That's Gonna Be a Whole Lot of Spit

This article from the Connecticut Post reports on the Methuselah Project, Jonathan Rothberg's latest initiative. Hosted through his Rothberg Institute for Childhood Disease, the project invites people who are at least 95 years old and in good health to send in sputum samples so that scientists can interrogate their genomes in the hopes of finding the genetic basis for longevity. According to the article, Rothberg is shooting to get samples from at least 100 people.

 

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.