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Finished or Really, Really Finished?

Steven Salzberg is bit skeptical of an article in BMC Biology that says the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae is the first completely finished eukaryote genome. On his blog, Salzberg says he is aware that many "finished" genomes were published without their telomeres or with a few gaps, but four years after the C. elegans genome was published, the researchers announced it was really finished — so, he wonders, how could C. merolae be the first?

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.