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Our Faithful Companions (No, Not the Canine Kind)

In a New York Times article today, Nick Wade reports on how studies of parasite DNA have shed light on the migration patterns of humans. Two examples -- Streptococcus mutans and Helicobacter pylori -- have been among their human hosts for thousands of years, and evolution patterns in their genomes can inform studies into how the human population dispersed around the globe.


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.