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We Wonder if Someone Gets a Commission on That

GlaxoSmithKline must have been feeling generous: the pharma gave $25 million to the Harvard Stem Cell Institute for a five-year partnership "to develop new methods for screening drugs with stem cells," according to this news item from Technology Review. "The time appears ripe for investing, because scientists can now use new reprogramming techniques to develop stem cells from patients with specific diseases."

 

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.