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Give Us Your Sequence Data and Nobody Gets Hurt

Steven Salzberg isn't exactly reveling in being right about a bad flu season (well, OK, there might be a teensy weensy bit of reveling going on here). He blogs about what has turned into the worst flu season in years and how he predicted this based on the poor choice of flu strains in last year's vaccine. Salzberg calls for the Centers for Disease Control to "release all the sequence data you have from this year's strains right away, and put it in GenBank." He says if this step were taken every year, along with releasing protocols on how strains are chosen, then the whole scientific community could offer sequence-based advice on the best choices for each vaccine.

 

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.