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Updates from Stem Cell Central

Wired has a couple of articles on stem cell news. One reports that the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, launched as a funding source for scientists working with embryonic stem cells, will now award as much as $13 million for research into "techniques that do not destroy human embryos," according to the story. "It's a shift from the institute's original goal of funding mostly embryonic stem cell research."

The other story focuses on recent findings from Shinya Yamanaka, a scientist who led a group that successfully turned skin cells into embryonic-seeming stem cells. He just published work in Nature Biotechnology that adds to the earlier results by eliminating a gene known to cause cancer from the final product.

 

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.