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Hey, I'm 3D, Too!

Scientists at Brown University have designed a "new 3D petri dish that more closely simulates the in vitro environment of real tissue," according to this post from MedGadget. The post notes that this isn't the first attempt at such a thing, but "Brown's researchers believe this is a better and easier to manufacture solution."

GTO normally doesn't report on the likes of petri dishes, but we find this downright exciting after research came out earlier this year showing that there's a significant difference between the gene expression of nerves grown in 2D versus those grown in 3D -- casting doubt on studies of biological systems studied in only two dimensions.

 

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.