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On NPR's On the Media, Brooke Gladstone spoke with bioethicist David Magnus about direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Magnus says that people have a right to their own genetic information but not necessarily in an "unencumbered" fashion since even savvy people misunderstand genetic risk. He says direct access can be worked up to when the tests are standardized and people have a "clear understanding of what the harms are." At Genomeboy, Misha Angrist wonders, "But who will decide exactly when 'people start to understand the information pretty well?'"

 

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.