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The myriad tools for analyzing sequence data — never mind the sheer amount of data itself — can overwhelm researchers just getting into the field. Over at The Scientist, Jeffrey Perkel presents a guide for those new to the community. First off, researchers need a place to store data and compute power to analyze it, but just how much of each will depend on the project. Many institutions have cluster access for its researchers, but for researchers at those that don't, there are other services to turn to, such as Amazon's Cloud or Penn State's Galaxy, among others. On the analysis end, Perkel says that there are "literally hundreds of bioinformatics tools for next-gen sequencing are available, from polished commercial products to rough-around-the-edges freeware solutions." A table at The Scientist includes a list of tools, from Bowtie to Velvet, that may come in handy.

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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.