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New Book Idea: Idiot's Guide to DIY SNP Analysis

At his Genetic Future blog, Daniel MacArthur follows up a previous post on the ethical challenges of managing genome data once it's in the hands of consumers. In this post, he looks at what's actually out there, in the realm of publicly available databases; there’s OMIM, SNPedia, and the HuGE Navigator, all of which employ different methods to get relevant SNP data. But even though these are all free, he thinks that "although a clever lay-person (with a lot of time on their hands, and preferably with some programming skills) could manage to extract some useful information out of their own raw genetic information, at this stage there's really no public database that could compete with the proprietary browsers of personal genomics companies like 23andMe and deCODEme."


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.