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Amplification Goes High Speed

In the latest issue of Newsweek, this article profiles Thermal Gradient and its zippy DNA amplification technology. The company's CTO, Bob Juncosa, is quoted as saying, "It's like we're breaking the sound barrier." (Insert dated joke about Concorde here.)

The technology is based on a silicon-formulated, microfabricated device that will see its first use in detecting airborne biological threats, such as pathogens, by looking for particular warning-sign sequences.

 

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.