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Save the Citrus

The New York Times reports on greening, which has become "the world's most destructive citrus disease," and on how Florida is trying to save its vital citrus industry. First up: taking money away from marketing and moving it to research. "Spending will triple to $20 million next year and support more than 100 research projects, said Mr. McClure, who is chairman of the Florida Citrus Production Research Advisory Council," according to the story. USDA scientists are sequencing the pathogen, which has proven resistant to culturing in a lab. Separately, scientists around the world are sequencing the clementine genome in a project expected to be wrapped up by the end of next year.

 

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.