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A Network for Rice

In PNAS, the University of California, Davis' Pamela Ronald has a paper introducing RiceNet, a genome-scale model of how rice genes interact. She and her colleagues then applied it to a study of stress response, and identified three regulator proteins. They also show that the network can also predict gene function in maize. "With RiceNet, instead of working on one gene at a time based on data from a single experimental set, we can predict the function of entire networks of genes, as well as entire genetic pathways that regulate a particular biological process, RiceNet represents a systems biology approach that draws from diverse and large datasets for rice and other organisms," Ronald adds at her blog Tomorrow's Table.

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.