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The Fountain of Lifespan Regulators

A paper in PLoS Genetics from Gary Ruvkun's lab at Harvard and Mass General details a study of C. elegans looking for evolutionarily conserved elements that control aging. A screen of 2,700 genes turned up 64 genes that, when inactivated, extend the organism's life. According to the paper, these "candidate lifespan regulators are highly conserved from yeast to humans."


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.