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Perhaps They Should've Called It "One Man's Treasure" DNA

It seems people are a little touchy about the use of the term "junk DNA." On his Genomicron blog, TR Gregory attempts to put an end to the debate by harking back to the origins of the term, along with an exegesis of how it has been used over time and in various settings.

While GTO doesn't doubt the accuracy of Gregory's information, we have to say: his argument that scientists referred to these genomic regions as "junk" all while understanding how very important they were leaves us a little, well, dubious. But maybe we're just naturally cynical.

 

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.