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Even Tinfoil Hats Can't Protect You From This

This essay in the UK's Guardian argues that having a DNA database could "increase the risk of convicting innocent people." That's because including everyone in the database increases the chances that DNA found at a crime scene -- but not actually related to the crime -- will be matched to someone who isn't guilty at all, writes Allan Jamieson, director of the Forensic Institute in Glasgow. He adds, "For many cases, the issue is not: 'Is it my DNA?' It is: 'How did it get there?'" Now if we could all just stop shedding DNA (except when we're committing crimes, of course), this wouldn't be a problem.

 

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.