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The Family Curse, Identified At Last

A clinic that's part of the University of New Mexico Medical School along with patient advocates are helping to tackle OPMD, or oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy, a genetic disease that affects large numbers of people in Quebec as well as Hispanics in northern New Mexico, according to this article in the New York Times. The disease has proven very difficult to diagnose and treat, and only recently was a gene implicated in its onset so people can now be tested before they present symptoms.

 

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.