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Biofuel Gaining Steam

The Joint Genome Institute has gotten attention lately as its poking and prodding of microbes, plants, and other organisms gives increasing reality to the hope for biofuel alternatives. This article reports on biofuel news out of the AAAS meeting, as well as updates on JGI work.

And that gives us a reason to link to this press release from energy company BP, which at the beginning of this month announced a $500 million research program into biofuels with academic partners at the University of California, Berkeley; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

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.