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After This, Montezuma's Revenge Could Be a Walk in the Park

This story from the New York Times reports on preliminary indications that toxic chemicals in the water in India may be responsible for genetic mutations in the population. The toxins include arsenic and mercury, and the story says that people in the affected area of Punjab are showing high rates of cancer as well as other diseases. Some 65 percent of people tested had mutated DNA, according to the article.

 

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.