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Difficulties Abound

As part of its Evidence Gap series, the New York Times has a backgrounder on the obstacles facing personalized medicine -- getting pharmaceutical companies to develop tests, insurance companies to cover the cost, and doctors to order the test. It also goes into the confusion of contradictory validation study results as well as from inconclusive test results, saying it is not always clear what should be done medically.

 

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.