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The Round of 100

Daniel MacArthur at Genetic Future blogs about the news that George Church's Personal Genome Project "has called for the next wave of volunteers." This round will include 100 people who will get their genome sequenced (at no cost to them). "The benefits to volunteers are straightforward: you get access to your own genome sequence before most human beings on the planet, and you get the warm fuzzy glow that comes with benefiting humanity," MacArthur writes.

He adds that volunteering is not for the faint of heart: "Volunteering to participate is not simply a matter of filling in a few forms: the PGP takes the notion of 'informed consent' to a new level, requiring that you prove just how informed you are by taking an entrance test that assesses your 'comprehension of concepts relevant to providing informed consent to participate in the PGP' including 'concepts such as potential risks of participating, project protocols, and basic 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.