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The Early Years Were Interesting, Too

The Genographic Project has just published a paper in the American Journal of Human Genetics where researchers used mitochondrial DNA of more than 600 living Africans to show the how genetic diversity played out in Africa before people left the continent some 65,000 years ago. According to this article in The Economist, they found that two major lines emerged around 200,000 years ago, and for much of its history, the species was divided into two isolated populations, one in eastern Africa, and one in the south of the continent.

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.