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Now That's Dedication

MIT's Eric Alm and his graduate student Lawrence David are delving into what The Scientist politely calls the "number two-ome" and their samples are coming from themselves. In addition to all their samples, they are also measuring about 100 other metrics such as their blood pressure, diet, and mood to see how gut microbial communities change over time and in response to daily life. Once Alm and David have six to 12 month's worth of samples, Arne Materna, a postdoc in the lab, will begin the sequencing phase to determine the 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequence of the bacteria of the "number two-ome."

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.