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A New Way to Classify Bacteria

Jonathan Eisen is happy to have published a new paper in Genome Biology, and Larry Moran thinks it's a good one. The authors, including Martin Wu, have written a software tool called AMPHORA that "can be used to build phylogenetic trees based on concatenated alignments of housekeeping proteins and also for metagenomic phylotyping using a diversity of protein markers." The gold standard of bacterial phylogeny, the SSU rRNA gene, isn't all that great for classifying bacterial species, says Moran. Eisen's method "resolves many groups that are unresolvable using the SSU rRNA tree. In some cases this tree reveals species that have been incorrectly assigned to higher taxa," he writes at Sandwalk.

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.