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Yay, Personalized Med ... Medi ... Ugh, We're Running Out of Steam

This article from VentureBeat says that while we should expect to keep waiting for the much-hyped arrival of personalized medicine, the field has advanced a tiny bit with the FDA's approval this week of a new AIDS drug called Selzentry. Because the drug only works on a specific sub-strain of HIV, it is "one of the first drugs to be paired with a diagnostic test that limits the number of people who can try it, but which also greatly enhances the odds that it will work in those who do," according to reporter David Hamilton.

 

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.