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Expressing Sensitivity

Researchers at MIT found variations in gene expression that can inform clinicians about patients' response to chemotherapy. They tested how well 24 bone marrow cell lines from unrelated, healthy people grew when the cells were dosed with a chemotherapy drug. The researchers also used microarrays looked at the expression of 20,000 genes in those lines and used expression patterns to create a detection algorithm for genes associated with drug sensitivity. "This is incredibly encouraging for a clinical application," senior author Leona Samson tells Tech Review.


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.