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The Microbiome's Role

The gut microbiome may affect mate selection and evolution, reports Carrie Arnold at Scientific American. She notes that a 2010 experiment in Drosophila pseudoobscura found that changing the flies' diets altered their mate choices. More recently, Arnold adds, another study from Seth Bordenstein at Vanderbilt University showed that giving termites antibiotics affected both their gut bacteria and egg production. "Given the importance of the microbiome in human adaptations such as digestion, smell, and the immune system, it would appear very likely that the human microbiome has had an effect on speciation," Bordenstein tells Arnold.

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.