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Following the Evolution of HIV

A paper published last week in PLoS Computational Biology uses predictive modeling to study recombination patterns in HIV. Scientists looked at a set of recombinant HIV genomes to construct a model for where recombination between the two viral RNA strands occurs. They found that the exchange took place more at either side of the env gene, suggesting that despite the wide variety of mutant forms, "only a minority of recombination events appear to be of significance to the evolution of HIV-1."

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.