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Ring in the New Year and the Ouija Board, Too

It's that time again -- when half the people think about the year in retrospect and the other half of the people start thinking about what's going to happen next year. Gene Sherpa's Steve Murphy falls in the latter camp, and in his latest blog post he makes some predictions about what will happen in the genomics world in 2008. He expects the genetic nondiscrimination bill that's been sitting in US Congress to pass -- but only as a rider to another bill. Other predictions: "academia will start to market personalized medicine" and "Mark Cuban will buy the rights to all of 23andMe's genome database." Check out his full post for more.


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.