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Epigenetics, Brain Informatics, and Turkish Science

This week’s Nature ($) is hot off the press, and it’s a good one.

Maria Elena Torres-Padilla and colleagues publish a report that lends further support to the idea that embryonic cells receive their first developmental orders from epigenetic cues. The report looks at methylation of an arginine amino acid in the histone H3 protein, and pinpoints the histone modifications that influence the move of blastomeres early in the embryo.

The issue also contains the Allen Brain Institute’s research report on producing a genome-wide atlas of gene expression in the mouse brain. The research itself was published online in early December, but now that it’s in print, the report is accompanied by a nice explanatory gloss by the Brain Mind Institute’s Henry Markram.

Responding to a previous news report on anti-evolution trends Europe, which portrayed EU-hopeful Turkey as a hotbed of creationism, a group of Turkish scientists point out in their letter to Nature that all is not lost. Turkey’s scientists and grad students are engaged in building pro-evolution resources, while an NGO has filed a lawsuit against the education ministry to get creationism out of the textbooks.

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.