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Can't Have Kids? Check Out 350 of Your Genes. If You're a Mouse.

Through genetic engineering and gene expression analysis, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center found 350 genes linked to female infertility. But, points out Wired blogger Brandon Keim, this was all done in mice and was set up such that genes affecting fertility but not follicle development would be missed. "Rather than identifying a handful of candidate genes in mice and then looking for them in people, why not do a whole genome association study of infertile women and just get it right the first time?" asks Keim.

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.