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Now There's a Healthy Appetite

Keith Robison has a post on his Omics! Omics! blog about Roche's seemingly unquenchable thirst for acquisition targets. Robison recaps the recent acquisitions of 454 and NimbleGen, as well as the company's currently-in-play bid for Ventana, and ponders how these units could function together as well as what kind of technology might be next on Roche's shopping list.

 

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.