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Make Way for the Microbiome

In his blog, Jonathan Eisen of UC Davis reports from an NIH workshop where he and other participants are debating the virtues of a project to study the human microbiome. Eisen says that despite significant sampling, technological, and other challenges, "there is no doubt that a large scale Human Microbiome Program is needed and would be very beneficial." Check out the full post here.


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.