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The Next Mammal Up for Sequencing Is…

Keith Robison had been wondering what interesting organisms were left to be sequenced. He found on the Human Ageing Genomic Resources site a proposal to sequence the naked mole-rat, the white-faced capuchin monkey, and the bowhead whale to better understand their longevity. (They can live for 28, 50, and 200 years, respectively.) Robison also notes that this paper is probably one of the last of its kind. "Once genome sequencing becomes very cheap, a proposal to sequence a mammalian genome will become just a paragraph in a grant proposal at most, or more likely something mentioned only after the fact in an annual grant report," he writes.

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.