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Getting Closer to Single Molecules

A story in the New York Times reports on a new technique to image viruses. Developed by IBM scientists and published in PNAS, magnetic resonance force microscopy, or M.R.F.M., is similar to MRI but offers 100 million times better resolution. The technique uses an "ultrasmall cantilever arm as a platform for specimens that are then moved in and out of proximity to a tiny magnet" and could be used by structural biologists to study the structure and interaction of proteins. "You have thousands of proteins in your body that have no known structure, because there's no technique to determine their structure," says Dan Rugar, manager of nanoscale studies at IBM Almaden Research Center and leader of the team that developed the new device, in a story in Technology Review.

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.