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Blue Roses? Fragrant Snapdragons?

If Yoshi Tanaka, a researcher at Japan’s Florigene, has his way blue roses will no longer be a rare find, but a genetically engineered feat, The Economist reports. Also, Natalia Dudareva at Purdue University is restoring snapdragons and petunias’ lost fragrance by turning on dormant transcription factors, adds this futuristic Valentine’s Day story.

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.