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The Life Aquatic with Craig Venter

It's a big day for J. Craig. (Or is every day a big day when you're J. Craig? We're not sure.) In a paper published in PLoS Biology on which Venter is senior author, scientists describe the microbiota metagenomic study that emerged from the Sorcerer II Global Ocean Sampling expedition.

This paper led to a lead story in today's Wall Street Journal featuring Venter as a "brash biologist" and a "seafaring scientist." The article quotes nonparticipant Douglas Bartlett, a marine microbiologist at the University of California, San Diego, as saying, "This is the largest DNA sequence ever obtained, and the magnitude of what's being done is entirely unparalleled."

 

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.