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Genotyping with NIH

The National Institutes of Health is funding several researchers across the country as part of a new initiative called the Genotype-Tissue Expression project, which aims to enhance the understanding of the effects of genetic variation. The project will create a resource for researchers studying inherited susceptibility to disease as well as an extensive tissue bank. The project's initial phase will center around collecting high-quality RNA from 30 to 50 tissue sites from the brain, heart, and lungs of deceased donors, according to NIH. Normal tissue will also be collected from living donors for comparative purposes. Donors' DNA will be genotyped and their RNA sequenced. The Broad Institute is receiving the largest award through the initiative — worth $11.4 million — to serve as the project's research and data analysis hub. The Broad will be responsible for the overall coordination of the project.

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.