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Eye on the Prize

The Archon Genomics X Prize has started a human genome sequencing collection at Nature Precedings to "further develop and refine standards for evaluating human genome sequencing technologies," as the introduction to the collection says. Larry Kedes and colleagues have posted a validation protocol for the Archon Genomics X Prize, which will give a $10 million award to the first group to "efficiently, thoroughly, and accurately sequence 100 human genomes" at a low cost. The protocol they posted on how to judge those standards is open to comments and it will be periodically updated to reflect that crowd-sourced input, with a deadline of May 1. In addition, a Nature Genetics editorial says that the protocol will have uses beyond the X Prize. "We anticipate that consensus reached for the purpose of judging the prize should also guide future best practice for individual genome sequencing," the editorial says.

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.