Links for you. Science:
The y-ome defines the 35% of Escherichia coli genes that lack experimental evidence of function
Researcher Calls 1st Marburg Virus Outbreak A ‘Lab Leak,’ Here’s Why Experts Pushed Back
COVID-origins data from Wuhan market published: what scientists think
A social and medical examination of Long COVID as a “mass disabling event”: Part 2 (good summary of possible long COVID mechanisms, and accessible to non-specialists)
Yes, COVID Is Still Deadlier Than the Flu — VA study finds 61% higher mortality rate in hospitalized cases this past winter (paper here)
bettercallsal: better calling of Salmonella serotypes from enrichment cultures using shotgun metagenomic profiling and its application in an outbreak setting. (hilarious name for the tool)
Three Years Later, Covid-19 Is Still a Health Threat. Journalism Needs to Reflect That. Too much coverage minimizes the health risks researchers attribute to the virus (absolute, must-read, especially for those who don’t think COVID is a big deal now)
Hounded by baseless voter fraud allegations, an entire county’s election staff quits in Virginia
We need to boot an anti-choice Virginia Democrat—and we have a fantastic alternative
As Local Opioid Fatalities Climb, Harm Reduction Advocates Push For Overdose Prevention Center
How a Nashville suburb’s LGBTQ pride festival became a bitter flashpoint
This Group Thinks Philanthropy Is The Missing Key To Reducing D.C. Murders. Are They Right?
It happened to me today
Is Pop Political Science… Wrong?
Insurance Lobbyists Force Government to Heel on Medicare Advantage
Montana’s ‘Jungle Primary’ Bill Is Aimed Directly at One Guy
AOC: The Biden Administration’s Rightward Turn Is “a Profound Miscalculation”
New Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey Isn’t Messing Around
The Real-World Costs of the Digital Race for Bitcoin
Health Care Access and Affordability Among US Adults Aged 18 to 64 Years With Self-reported Post–COVID-19 Condition
Likely Senate candidate Mark Lamb appeared on network that attacks “seditious Jews” and “Jewish tyrants”
Those who avoided COVID-19 precautions early in the pandemic are more likely to buy firearms
El Salvador Decimated Its Ruthless Gangs. But at What Cost?
Elon Musk Wants to Cut Your Social Security Because He Doesn’t Understand Math
A study confirms it: Tennessee’s democracy really is as bad as the expulsions made you think
Parrots are not stochastic and neither are you
‘Claudia’ offers nude photos for pay. Experts say she’s an AI fake.
What’s It Like to Go (Sort of) Viral on Substack?
Conservatives Want Pregnant Women To Die
Abortion pill decision: Medical abortions will just be more painful