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The Worst Stem Cell of All

New York Times reports on a project set to kick off in the next few months in which three medical research centers -- the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Baylor College of Medicine -- will begin testing patients for the presence of cancerous stem cells to see if there's hope for therapeutically targeting them in the future. According to the article, detractors say that the theory of cancerous stem cells has yet to be proven and is not backed by scientific evidence.

 

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.