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Voodoo Works. Really.

Steven Salzberg is just thrilled. The NIH announced three new Centers of Excellence in Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the NCCAM acting director has asked for $121 million in funding. In response, he writes, "Great! I'm so excited to hear that NIH is pouring more money down this oh-so-promising black hole of negative results and poorly conducted studies!" Why, he wonders, can't studies on alternative and complementary therapies be funded through regular NIH mechanisms — you know, the ones with standards.

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.