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Pass the Tissues

An article in the upcoming issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine looked at changes in gene expression in people with rhinovirus infections. The researchers took nasal scrapings from people inoculated with human rhinovirus 16 and from people who received sham inoculations two days before inoculation, as well as eight hours and two days later. They saw that 11,887 gene transcripts were changed in the two-day old scrapings and the up-regulated genes included chemokines, signaling molecules, interferon-responsive genes, and antivirals. The research was supported by a grant from Proctor and Gamble.

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.