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Faculty of $1,000

Nature Genetics has unveiled its "Question of the Year," in which a panel of leading scientists respond to this puzzler: If the $1,000 genome were a reality today, what would you do with it? Current respondents include Francis Collins, Evan Eichler, and George Church, among others. The journal says a new panel of experts and their replies will be posted each month.

Genome Technology's invitation is probably still circling in the mail, so we'll save you the time of having to wait for our answer: if you could sequence a genome today for $1,000, we'd call every company in the sequencing field and find out when they expect to be able to sequence a genome for $1. Because that's what we do.

 

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.