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Paris Hilton, Where Are You When We Need You?

Skipping right past the debate about whether sequencing celebrities' genomes will put an elitist spin on the field, this Forbes article says signing on some recognized names is the way to get genetics and genomics into the mainstream. The article rounds up news on the X Prize for genome sequencing, James Watson's genome, NHGRI's project to sequence 1,000 people, and George Church's Personal Genome Project in its exploration of the topic.


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.