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Genetic Testing and Big Tobacco?

In case you haven't been reading GTO or anything related to personal genomics testing for the past several months, The Washington Post has an article summarizing the state of affairs. Rick Weiss starts off using Jeffrey Gulcher, DeCode Genetics CSO, as an example of how genetic tests can, in some cases, save lives -- Gulcher took his company's own test to discover, early enough to get surgery, that he had prostate cancer -- but then ends with the usual restrictions-are-necessary rhetoric. He even goes so far as to compare genetics testing companies execs to "tobacco CEOs," who might one day sit before Congress, "being asked tough questions about what exactly they have been selling, and at what cost to American health."

In another article, an author recites how "DNA analysis and do-it-yourself Internet searches are upending that male-dominant tradition" of tracing ancestry. Her mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) test results show that she's a direct descendant of "Katrine," who lived some 15,000 years ago in northern Italy, and a relative of Otzi the Ice Man.


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.