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CNVs and ADHD

Cardiff University researchers and their colleagues found that people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder have an increased load of copy number variants. In The Lancet, they describe their genome-wide analysis 410 children with ADHD and 1,156 unrelated matched controls from Britain, an analysis that they repeated with Icelandic patients and controls. They point out that people with ADHD had "an excess of chromosome 16p13.11 duplications" and say that their findings indicate that "ADHD is not purely a social construct." Senior author Anita Thapar tells the Associated Press that "this is the first time we've found that children with ADHD have chunks of DNA that are either duplicated or missing."

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.