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How Much Do You Want to Know About Your Neighbor?

In a review article, George Church says that people might be better off forgetting about privacy in the new era of personal genomics. At his Genetic Future blog, Daniel MacArthur summarizes Church's piece, which appears in Nature Reviews Genetics, saying that a new paradigm for research has arrived and that "research participants must learn to accept the fact that the privacy of their genetic and health information cannot be guaranteed."

MacArthur makes some good points in favor of the argument, concluding that the "best solution to this problem is to abandon the illusion of research subject privacy, and instead recruit participants with the explicit condition that all of the data collected about them as part of the study may in fact be revealed to the public."

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.