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The Complexities of the Common Cold

Since mapping the genomes of different strains of the rhinovirus, University of Maryland and University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have been working on developing a diagnostic test. And, CNN reports, the test for the common cold was expected to cost $2,000 though now may be closer to $20, and would be a boon for people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for whom colds can be dangerous. "Fifty percent of the exacerbations that occur in patients who have these two diseases are due to a rhinovirus infection," says UMD’s Stephen Liggett. "So it's that group of people we are targeting. Those would be the first group we'd like to help." Liggett adds that by studying cold virus’ genomes that the strains can be assembled into a "family tree."

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.