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A Personal Search

Using equipment he bought himself, Hugh Rienhoff got to the bottom of an apparently genetic syndrome affecting his daughter, writes Brendan Maher at Nature. Rienhoff, a biotech entrepreneur and trained geneticist, found a mutation in the gene encoding transforming growth factor-β3 in his daughter, Bea. Genes in the TGF-β pathway, Maher notes, have been linked to other diseases that have symptoms that overlap with Bea's.

"Talk about personal genomics," says Gary Schroth, an R&D director at Illumina, which helped Rienhoff in his search. "It doesn't get any more personal than trying to figure out what's wrong with your own kid."

Maher adds that the work is to be published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics.

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.