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And That, Kids, Was the Day I Created Life

Yesterday's online edition of Science included the much-anticipated paper from Craig Venter and his team demonstrating successful genome transplantation. Venter and his colleagues inserted the intact genomic DNA of a Mycoplasma mycoides strain into Mycoplasma capricolum cells.

Of course, news of "synthetic life" has whipped the mainstream press into action. Coverage in the Wall Street Journal was thorough and, in addition to recounting the latest news, offers a look at other synthetic biology initiatives as well as scientific and public concerns about the field.

Still not enough? The New York Times is taking readers' questions about the project, and Venter along with corresponding author John Glass will be on hand to answer them.

 

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.