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Scum Can Save the World, Well, Pond Scum Anyway

We do love awards here at GTO and Jonathan Eisen keeps them coming. This time the Overselling Genomics Award goes to a news release out of Rutgers University that advertises a new project to sequence the duckweed genome, funded by the Department of Energy and the Joint Genome Institute. Eisen says they had him at the title, "Duckweed genome sequencing has global implications" and further solidified their award with the subtitle, "Pond scum can undo pollution, fight global warming and alleviate world hunger."

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.