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Baby Steps for Personalized Medicine

Wei Zhang and others report this week in PNAS that a simple two-gene test can distinguish between two similar gastrointestinal cancers, gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) and leiomyosarcoma (LMS). Using whole genome microarrays and analysis, authors from the
MDAndersonCancerCenter
and the Institute for Systems Biology were able to tell the two apart with about 87 percent accuracy.

Not only is this good news for systems biology, but it’s also a score for personalized medicine, which needs successes like this to push its way out into the world.

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.