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But, Mom, I Didn't Want to Be a Model AND an Olympic Gold Medalist

Aldous Huxley would be proud. Britain's bookstores have finally been graced with Ronald Green's book, Babies by Design, published last November in the US. In it, Green speaks to "directed human evolution," where parents are able to make use of the current state of genetic research to sculpt whatever kind of perfection -- or imperfection -- they want into the DNA of an unborn fetus. He thinks it's risky, and writes that "wrongful life" lawsuits will be the main check on keeping the technology, well, human. "By rewriting our own operating instructions we will be changing our relationship with the world around us, and each other," the Economist article says.

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.