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Don't Worry, Polar Bears. Synthetic Biologists Are on the Job

In the Wall Street Journal today, Juan Enriquez has a commentary on the looming energy crisis, in which he argues that the solution to it must come from biologists. "We have to change how we approach energy production," he writes. "That approach must begin with biology."

Enriquez, who was founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Science Project and cofounded Synthetic Genomics, suggests that biofuels -- and likely ones designed through synthetic biology -- represent "the birth of a new and potentially very large industry, one comparable in scale to biotechnology."

 

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.