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Paging Fred: We Need a Quick Reminder

Keith Robison blogs about Genome Corp, the Rhode Island-based genome sequencing startup that recently got $250,000 in seed funding, and founder Kevin Ulmer. In his musings on sequencing, Robison gets to wondering: what does "Sanger sequencing" really mean? "I generally think of it as electrophoretic resolution of dideoxy-terminated fragments, but if you think a bit it's obvious that Sanger's unique contribution was the terminators; Maxam-Gilbert used the same electrophoretic separation," he writes, noting that this could affect which of the next-gen sequencing techs we think of as Sanger-based.


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.