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Deeper Imaging for Cancer

Here's a twist on the usual experiments to image genes and proteins in vivo. German and American optical imaging researchers have created a new near-infrared imaging system that uses ultrafast cameras to capture light that hasn't scattered, or so-called early arriving photons, effectively allowing them to view deeper tissues at higher resolution. So far, the work has focused on mice and is still in early stages. Lead author Mark Niedre, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Northeastern University, cautions that "the instrumentation and image processing will need substantial improvement before the technique can be applied to larger animals and humans," says this story in Technology Review.

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.