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For Food Safety's Sake

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Genome Canada, and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions are funding an 18-month, C$600,000 ($594,000) initiative to map the Listeria genome, in an effort to enable the development of rapid detection methods, Food Safety News reports. "Currently, it takes at least five days to confirm the presence of Listeria," Food Safety News adds. "Genomic mapping could improve accuracy and cut the time it takes for both the government and industry to identify Listeria contamination."

Daily Scan's publication GenomeWeb Daily News has more on this effort.

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.