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The Sicilian Gene Pool

The effects of Greek and North African people on the Sicilian gene pool can be seen by analyzing Y chromosomes, report Italian researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics. By looking at haplogroups and short tandem repeats in Y-chromosome lineages from different areas of Sicily, the researchers estimate that the Greek contribution to the Sicilian gene pool is about 37 percent and the North African contribution is about six percent.

 

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.