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Big Man, Little Pants

Ion Torrent's latest Apple-style ad for its Personal Genome Machine touts PGM's sequencing chip, which allows the throughput to get bigger while the machine stays the same size — implying that Illumina's attempt to put its HiSeq technology into a small MiSeq is like trying to stuff a fat man into a pair of skinny jeans.

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.