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The New and the Old

The Plant and Animal Genome conference is underway in San Diego (GTO is certainly glad for the change of scenery). Yesterday morning’s plenary talks were given by the Institute for Systems Biology’s Leroy Hood and the Gates Foundations’ Rob Horsch. Hood focused on the impact that systems biology will have on medicine, calling the result P4 medicine: predictive, personalized, preventative, and participatory medicine. He adds that he wrote a summary of P4 medicine for the Obama transition team. Hood also says that he thinks the digitalization of biology will bring healthcare costs down and change the “fundamental business plan of the healthcare industry.” In contrast, Horsch focused on “very old problems and very old tools” so that “every person [has] the opportunity to lead a healthy and productive life.” In particular, the Gates foundation is focusing on increasing the productivity of maize and rice in Africa and Asia through plant breeding projects. Horsch adds that this is a chronic crisis.

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.