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Poet to Preserve Prose in DNA

A Canadian poet wants to encode his work directly into the DNA of the Deinococcus radiodurans bacteria in an effort to preserve his prose for billions of years, Wired reports. Christian Bök is going to "inject the DNA with a string of nucleotides that form a comprehensible poem, and he also wants the protein that the cell produces in response to form a second comprehensible poem." To do this, he is creating a code that links letters of the alphabet with nucleotide triplets in hopes that "his poem chemically ordains the sequence of amino acids that the bacteria will create in response."

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.