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The Buffalome?

Today’s issue of the New York Times includes an article describing work to identify and preserve "pure bison genes" in order to maintain the genetic legacy of American bison. Problem is, that legacy has been mingled with domestic cattle in efforts to “make a better beef animal.” Meatier, more docile hybrids are known as cattelo, if you were wondering. Check out the article to pick up more interesting details about the project, as well as the genomic wrangling of James Derr, a geneticist at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, who is leading a project to conserve the genome of bona fide bison.

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.