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Maybe the Price Will Come Down in 2009?

Newsweek quoted George Church saying that the $1,000 genome is more than a mere possibility for 2008, posts Hsein-Hsein Lei at her blog, Eye on DNA. “[In genetics], the $1,000 will get you 1 percent of your genome this year, but that 1 percent contains 90 percent of the information,” Church says. He also talks about reasons why having your DNA sequence makes sense: early disease diagnosis, preemptive mastectomy, avoiding adverse drug reactions. Does it sound like a sales pitch to you, too?

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.