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Outsourcing Sequencing

At Science Progress, Scripps' Jeanne Loring explores the possibility that American researchers will soon be outsourcing their sequencing projects to China. China's sequencing capability is growing rapidly, she writes, pointing out that BGI has ordered 128 Illumina sequencers, bringing the total number of sequencers there to 157 — nearly double what the Broad Institute has. Instrument and reagent costs are only part of the price of sequencing, Loring says. "The Chinese will be able to achieve with DNA sequencing just what they attained in the manufacturing industry: the ability to do it cheaper and faster than anyone else," she says.

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.