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Bacteria: The Cure for Cancer?

Scripps and UCSD researchers teamed up with JGI to sequence the genome of Salinispora tropica, hoping to mine the 10% of its code that is involved in producing natural antibiotic and anti-cancer agents. The results were released this week in the early online edition of PNAS. One of S. tropica's products, “salinosporamide A,” is presently being tested in clinical trials for treating multiple myeloma and solid tumors.

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.