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From the Belly of the Buzzworthy Beast

Normally GTO wouldn't link to anything this blatantly self-promotional, but given the broad interest in the inner workings at 23andMe we couldn't resist. Oliver Ryan, an employee, has a post at the 23andMe corporate blog describing what it's like to work at the company. (And well he should, as they're hiring like mad.) He says most of the questions he hears "focus on the transition from academia into a startup environment ... and what the future might hold for someone who chooses to make this transition."

In the post, several 23andMe employees describe their own feelings about working there, the transitions they made to get those jobs, and what that's meant so far. Brace yourself for overwhelmingly positive comments, of course, but it's still an interesting peek into the buzzworthy startup.

 

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.