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Genetic Link to 'The King’s Speech'?

Suzanna Elvidge at Genome Engineering asks whether King George VI's "struggle with stammering," as chronicled in the Academy Award-winning film "The King's Speech," had a genetic basis. In reflecting on research presented by Dennis Drayna and his colleagues at the National Institutes of Health during AAAS 2011, in which the team "linked stammering with the GNPTAB, PNPTG, and NAGPA genes," Elvidge says that this work "will help to confirm stammering as a neurological rather than a behavioral disorder." She adds that "therapeutics that correct the folding of the mutated proteins may have potential in the treatment of stammering, and knowledge of the mutations could lead to the development of diagnostics that help identify stammering that is likely to continue beyond childhood."

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.