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And We Thought They Were a One-Trick Pony

UCSF researchers published work in PNAS this week showing findings that miRNAs can, in some cases, induce gene expression. In their study they identified miR-373 target sites in the promoter regions of both E-cadherin and cold-shock domain-containing protein C2 (CSDC2) genes. Transfecting miR-373 into PC-3 cells induced gene expression at both sites, revealing a surprising new way that miRNAs can regulate expression.

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.