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DNA Day Celebrations

Love it or hate it, DNA Day is upon us. To celebrate the US holiday, the National Human Genome Research Institute has opened a National DNA Day Online Chatroom, in which NHGRI staffers are answering questions from the public on topics ranging from whether reverse aging is possible in humans — a la the Hollywood film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — to whether James Watson is "still doing research or enjoying retirement." In comments on NHGRI's DNA Day page, visitors have expressed mixed feelings about the holiday over the course of the year:

I love DNA day, it is my favorite thing. — seda ak (May 4, 2010, 14:38)

I hate DNA day. — RNA (April 15, 2010, 16:33)

And, more recently:

I have interest to know about DNA. — lokesh (February 4, 2011, 03:45)

Meanwhile, the RCSB Protein Data Bank is celebrating DNA Day by offering a downloadable 3-D paper model of the double helix. Over at the Saint Louis Science Center in Missouri, the X Prize Foundation is showcasing "the world's largest LEGO DNA sculpture, the 'Building Bricks of Life,'" crafted by artist Nathan Sawaya. And researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Ala., are "taking it outside" for DNA Day 2011, with a guided stroll along the double helix walkway of McMillian Park and a "genomic treasure hunt."

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.