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Novartis Launches $20M Plant Biotech Expansion


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC--Novartis plans to expand its plant biotechnology research facility here with a $20 million renovation project slated to begin this week. The project will erect a new building, add greenhouses, and extend and renovate existing laboratories to accommodate new scientists to be hired during the next two years, the company announced.

Novartis Agribusiness Bio tech Research will house 260 researchers who will work closely with Novartis Agribus iness research centers around the world and with the recently announced Novartis Agricul tural Discovery Institute in San Diego.

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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.