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It's Easier if You Think of Them as "Endangered" Viruses

The new issue of the New Yorker has an article -- which will, of course, take more than a quick coffee break to read -- about evolutionary biologists and the latest advances that have enabled scientists to reconstruct extinct viruses to see how they work. The article wends its way through epidemiological history, concepts about synthetic biology, and public concerns about this kind of work while at the same time introducing leading researchers and their breakthroughs in the field.


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.