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Lee Hood on Nanomedicine

Leroy Hood has co-penned an article in this month's issue of Scientific American, along with James Heath and Mark Davis, and it delves into using a systems approach to model complex diseases like cancer. Extensive work goes into creating computational models that can predict disease progression in say, prostate cancer, but knowing the molecular pathways involved can help with early detection and stratification. The article also covers nanoscale therapies, like RNAi, and looks ahead. "Once the principles of nanoparticle function in humans are more fully established, the concept can be applied to create a therapeutic system that can carry combinations of drugs, each with its own customized release rates," they write.

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.