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It's a Lovely Place to Raise Bacteria

The Economist weighs in, so to speak, on Jeff Gordon's research into the human gut microbiome and its link to obesity. Our favorite line in the article: "Humans might view themselves as a sort of collective organism - a human casing surrounding a vast colony of microbes."

Human casing. Now that's just yummy, isn't it?

 

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.