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It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Craig Venter (Here to Save the World)

At the Technology, Entertainment, and Design conference, Craig Venter announced his "fourth-generation fuel" project. He plans to create an organism that takes in carbon dioxide and produces fuel, using synthetic chromosomes and already extant organisms to ramp up their octane-producing capabilities. "We have modest goals of replacing the whole petrochemical industry and becoming a major source of energy," said Venter, according to Agence France-Presse.

Ah, the humility.

 

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.