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The Wave-Makers

The folks over at FierceBiotech and FiercePharma have put together a list of 25 people who wield influence over biopharma. The list includes a Wall Street analyst, CEOs, and an assistant attorney general. Prominently figured on the list are NIH Director Francis Collins (He created a new transitional medicine center and "got it funded to the tune of $575 million."), Craig Venter (He has "boldness and imagination."), and Roche's Severin Schwan (He is a "difference maker in the business of targeted cancer drugs.") The list also mentions influential figures like University of California, San Francisco chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Andrew Dillon at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, and Biocon's Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.

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.