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At Last, a Genetic Explanation for Mr. Clean

A GWAS for male-pattern baldness found two stretches of the genome linked with the condition, reports the BBC. One in seven men has both genetic variants, according to the study published recently in Nature Genetics. One region is the androgen receptor gene and another is on chromosome 20. "Male pattern baldness has a strong inherited aspect and understanding that may well lead to better treatments and novel approaches," says Val Randall of the Centre for Skin Sciences at the University of Bradford.

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.