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Eat Your Spinach ... and That HIV Drug, Too

The UK's Guardian writes about pharmaceutical farming, or pharming, as the latest battle in the war surrounding public approval of genetically modified crops. Proponents argue that sticking human genes into plants to produce pharmaceuticals, such as how scientists in south London are using tobacco plants to produce the HIV drug cyanovirin-N, is no different than the decades-old technique of using bacteria. The difference is the potential of cross-contamination, or pharmed plants mixing with the natural food supply and vice versa.

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.