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Attention, Scientists: Some Things We Didn't Want to Know

Here's a great way to start the day: wondering whether our ancestors were exchanging lice with their gorilla brethren in a more-than-friends kind of way. Today's New York Times brings us an article about new DNA analysis of different kinds of lice, and the inevitable conclusions about factors such as when humans lost their body hair and began wearing clothes.

The abstract of the paper from David Reed at the University of Florida, on which the NYT article is based, can be found here.


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.