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Hey, Potential Dad, Would You Mind Spitting in This Cup for Me?

Michael Arrington has a post at the TechCrunch blog about his own experience sending in his DNA to 23andMe. Before you let out a "been there, done that" yawn, GTO has this to say -- Arrington raises a great issue that we haven't seen in anyone else's posts so far. What if, he asks, he just sends in someone else's DNA under his own name? Sure, a service company like 23andMe could easily distinguish male DNA from female. But within the same sex, just how are they policing users to make sure that people are sending in their own DNA? Arrington's post has more than 50 comments that run the gamut from tinfoil-hat-wearers to people who just aren't concerned, so those are worth a skim too.

 

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.