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Because Looking in the Mirror is Too Easy

With $149 and a quick cheek swab, HairDX says they can tell men whether or not they will develop male-pattern baldness -- since "looking at your father's or grandfather's head has been an inaccurate, nonscientific barometer," says Peter Novak, who is on the company's scientific advisory board. Hsien-Hsien Lei sums up the possible results: "Positive HairDX - Sorry, you lose the genetic lottery. Negative HairDX - Sorry, you could still lose your hair because of other reasons, genetic or otherwise."

Either way, you just spent $149 when all you needed was a straight-shooting friend.

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.