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Slow and Steady on New Projects

In Molecular Cell, Uri Alon says that students and postdocs should take their time to choose a project to pursue. "It takes time to find a good problem, and every week spent in choosing one can save months or years later on," Alon writes, adding that in his lab they are not allowed to choose a project during their first three months. Instead, that time should be spent reading, discussing, and planning. Michael White at Adaptive Complexity says that is "very sound advice." White adds that when you are a student or postdoc, your time belongs to you and your goal is to be a good scientist.

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.