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OK, You Pin Him Down and I'll Swab His Cheek

Genealogy an "extreme sport?" In its latest installment in a series of articles exploring the "DNA Age," this New York Times piece probes the lengths to which amateur genealogists go in order to get the goods: DNA sequences of their closest living relatives. Unlike paper records, which can be hard to come by and even harder to verify, a genetic test can quickly and definitively tell if someone is a relative. At $99 a pop, it's plausible that you could find out if you're actually related to J. Craig. The question remains, would you really want to know?

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.