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Expanding the Barcodes

If DNA barcoding works for fish, it might also work for flowers, says this article in Scientific American. Katherine Harmon writes that the technique is a bit behind in plants than animals as plants as their mitochondria don’t differ as much as ones between animals do and because plants hybridize more readily. But, she says, researchers are focusing on two genes, rbcL and matK, to develop standard barcodes for plants, though it is currently about 70 percent accurate.

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.