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Food for Those BIO Activists

Perhaps this year's protests at the annual BIO meeting won't be so lackluster, as a report from the biotech advocacy group International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications says farmers planted a record number of genetically engineered crops last year. The most common crops were corn, soy, and cotton, and according to the report, much of the yield from those 252 million acres went to feeding livestock. Argentina, Brazil, and the US planted the most genetically engineered crops, reports this article.

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.