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From Painting to Genomics

David Haussler started out in painting before a summer in his brother's lab studying vitamin D convinced him to follow his scientific interests, according to this profile in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Haussler was elected to the Academy in 2006.) The article also describes how Haussler began to apply his mathematics degree to genomics and helped develop a program to assemble the draft human genome.

In the same issue, Haussler and his lab report on an algorithm that can determine the most parsimonious evolutionary history of related, modern genomes. "Even a single base change, such as A to C, can have enormous evolutionary consequences," says Haussler.

 

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.