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Genetic Genealogy: More Than Just a Hobby?

At VentureBeat, David Hamilton points out the fact that Ancestry.com has just launched a genetic testing service, adding to the enthusiasm for what low-cost sequencing and genotyping might be able to do for tracing one's genealogy. (Shh...don't tell Watson about the fact that, according to tests, we've all got African ancestry.) Hamilton echoes warnings that might tame the hype, or at least make us better consumers, saying, "Like anything else, of course, you should probably have a good sense of what you’re getting into before you start forking over hundreds of dollars for genetics tests."

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.