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That Looks Like a Non-Standard SNP You've Got There

Over at his Building Confidence blog, Russ Altman writes about the use of non-standard ways of referring to SNPs when they publish association studies. To end the confusion, he writes, "I think the best strategy would be to ask that authors use the identifiers from dbSNP, also called 'RS numbers.'" This would not only make life easier for database purposes, he adds, but it would also allow funding to be reallocated from tracking down SNP identifiers to more valuable projects.


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.