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Well, 1% IS an Increase…

For 2008, the National Institutes of Health budget will increase by 1 percent. After President Bush vetoed a bill that would have given the NIH $1 billion more, Congress responded with a $329 million increase, or 1 percent, much of which -- $300 million -- is earmarked for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Blogger Jake Young responds, "What never ceases to astonish me is how science and scientists can have such a good public image, and yet this positive public image does not translate into continued funding."

In the same breath, Congress also endorsed open-access. All NIH-funded research now has to be freely-available 12 months after publication and Steve Salzberg is celebrating, though cautiously. "This new free access policy is a big breakthrough…Now let's work on reducing that 12-month delay to zero," he writes.

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.