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But I Didn't Want to Know THAT…

GenomeBoy, who has signed up for George Church's Personal Genome Project, is wondering about what that kind of self-knowledge will do. What good is it to know that you have an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease if there is nothing you can do about it — how can people tolerate that sort of information? "For those of us signing up to be public genomes, even though we’ve been given the option to redact whatever we want, have we somehow signaled an implicit willingness to let it all hang out, no matter how ominous the data?" he asks.


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.