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Developmental Delays and DNA Deletions

A DNA deletion can lead to cognitive problems, including autism, developmental delays, and mental retardation, reports MIT's Technology Review. A team led by Evan Eichler screened 5,218 people with autism, congenital abnormalities, or mental retardation and found that 25 of them had similar 1.35 megabase deletions; within a similarly-sized screen of healthy people, no one had that deletion. The deletion includes seven genes, one of which is involved in heart development and another in the development of the eye's lens. The results are reported online at the New England Journal of Medicine.

 

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.