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Full disclosure: this is a blatantly self-promotional post. Our sister publication, Genome Technology magazine, features a cover story on the rise of open access this month -- it's meant to distill the key points of debate about open access and to serve as a primer for scientists who may have heard of OA but don't really know what all the hoopla's about. In the spirit of open access, the full issue is available through a Creative Commons license. You can check out the November issue here -- no subscription is required to read it.

Many thanks to Jonathan Eisen, Michael Eisen, and Peter Suber for mentioning the open access story on their blogs.


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.