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Like Siblings, Duplicate Genes Watch Out For Each Other

A recently published paper in PLoS Genetics shows evidence for gene duplication being evolutionarily conserved because it contributes to genetic robustness. Researchers at Duke's Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy looked at a pair of duplicated histone deacetylases, Hst1p and Sir2p, in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. They showed that before duplication, the ancestral protein had functions of both genes, but after, the genes produced two functionally distinct proteins. Despite this, Sir2p can substitute for Hst1p in its absence.

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.