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An Interest in Seeds

Monsanto is part of a federal antitrust investigation of the seed industry, reports the New York Times, which notes that corn seed prices have gone up 135 percent since 2001 and, in the same period, soybean prices climbed 108 percent. Monsanto's Lee Quarles tells the Times that the increases are due to the inclusion of more resistance genes that save farmers money. In addition to the Justice Department's interest, the Times adds that Iowa's attorney general is also keeping an eye on the company's market dominance, and that Monsanto and its rival DuPont have sparred in court. Monsanto says that DuPont made a gene combination that was not allowed by its licensing agreement and DuPont says that Monsanto is limiting competition and innovation — a judge has ruled that the agreement prevents DuPont from creating that combination, but also has allowed DuPont to go forward with its antitrust claim.

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.