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A Packing Lesson We Should All Learn

PLoS Biology published a paper this week on how a particular bacteriophage manages to "compact its double-stranded DNA genome into a protein capsid," according to the abstract. Lead author Thorsten Hugel from Munich's Technical University and team report that using video microscopy has enabled them to "answer a long-standing mechanistic question."

In related information, GrrlScientist includes a video on her latest blog post showing how a six-foot strand of DNA is packed into a cell.


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.