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It May Be a Case of Incentives

Personal genomics, says Deepak Singh, may motivate people to learn more about genetics as well as themselves. He points to Kevin, a blogger who had his genome sequenced and who then learned more about the genetic basis of diseases, and then wonders if Kevin or others like him would be moved to learn about genome-wide association studies. "I suspect most will not be curious, but a small percentage will be, and that's a few more people more knowledgeable about their own biology, and the limitations of our own knowledge," blogs Deepak.

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.