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By All Means, Send Craig to Clean Up the Mess

Just days after Jim Watson's oh-so-memorable tour of the UK, Craig Venter hops the pond to give a plug for synthetic biology, informing journalists there that drug-resistant bacteria are a "clear and present danger" and a "far greater threat to humanity than bioterrorism," according to this story in the Telegraph. (Next in our foolproof plan to get Brits to like Americans: we'll send someone over to beat up the Queen!)

Meanwhile, Discover magazine offers a column on synthetic biology arguing that this technology could "significantly" shape the 21st century. The article says that the impact will be determined by whether the field follows a hardward or software model of development. GTO's take: read the article, skip the paragraph on the fungus hat. Trust us.

 

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.