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It's My Data, and I'll Cry If I Want To (Or Not)

Over at The Personal Genome, Jason Bobe blogs about keeping biological data for non-clincial purposes separate from data for medical reasons, and lists some reasons. One, both physicians and regulators are already overburdened; two, restrictions on genetic testing presents problems regarding individual autonomy; and three, standardizing tests clinically puts an "unfair burden on individuals who may want to specifically avoid clinical implications of genetic sequence data."

GTO likes the feeling of going under with our eyes closed and nose plugged, too.

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.