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Didn't We Learn from the Hot Dog? Sometimes It's Better Not to Know What's Inside

"Modern humans are bacteria-killing machines."

So begins this article from Wired News, which goes on to point out that we're also bacteria-growing machines. More and more scientists contend that we need to figure out what bacteria do for us, and what the natural state of our gut flora looks like so that medicine can treat actual problems rather than eradicating helpful bacteria.


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.