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Actually, There’s No Water Involved Anymore

Keith Robison blogs about his foray into a wet lab. After much time away from the lab bench, he rolled up his sleeves to help out in a sequencing lab, labeling plates and loading the thermocycler. The process has changed a bit since he last was in a wet lab and he sees it changing even more in the future. "I couldn't help thinking of the various next-gen technologies, where you just do away with all those 96 or 384 well plates & instead run much larger numbers of sequencing reactions in a much smaller area," he writes.

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.