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A Gene for Language Impairment

As part of a study of specific language impairment, a developmental disorder, researchers found a candidate gene for reading disability. In the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Mabel Rice from the University of Kansas and her colleagues report on a genetic linkage study of 322 people, 86 probands, 134 siblings, and 102 parents or other relatives. "In particular, KIAA0319 appears to play a role in the shared variance in speech, language, and reading phenotypes," the researchers write. Anthropology.net points out that KIAA0319 has already been associated with dyslexia.

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.