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In Angewandte Chemie, Scottish researchers describe a dynamic chemistry approach to analyzing DNA, which they say would allow non-enzymatic genotyping. "This was achieved by the synthesis of a PNA [peptide nucleic acids] strand that contained a 'blank' position opposite the nucleobase under analysis in a complementary DNA template," the researchers write. In the Guardian, author Juan Diaz-Mochon says this approach would be faster and cheaper than other testing methods. "The market for DNA testing is quickly expanding as it becomes more affordable. Our method could help reach the goal of complete genome analysis in a few hours for less than $1,000," he says. Diaz-Mochon and his co-author Mark Bradley hold a patent on this concept.

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.