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J. Craig's Still Working On It...

Veteran science journalist Carl Zimmer takes Britain's The Guardian to task for publishing a "non-story" about J. Craig's latest research in synthetic biology, which GTO blogged about yesterday. Zimmer points out that Venter has not yet finished building the synthetic genome, and doesn't mince words about the project's progress. Blogs Zimmer, "It's no secret that Venter and his colleagues are working on this — but what evidence is there that he's done and about to announce? Was it a coincidence that the Guardian published this questionable story a couple days before they published an excerpt from Craig Venter's new memoir?"

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.