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In the Cards

According to the Edinburgh Evening News, a positive public view of synthetic biology is in the cards. As part of Edinburgh Univeristy's ESRC Genomics Forum, researchers evaluated people's perceptions of synthetic biology via a card game, which "allows a small group to find out about an issue, discuss it, seek common ground, and give their views," according to the ESRC Web site. The group's Steve Yearley told the Edinburgh Evening News that "this novel consultation suggests that members of the public see benefits in this approach [synthetic biology], though there are also important concerns about regulation and malign applications."

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.