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So Much for Anonymity

A PLoS Genetics paper from scientists at TGen is sparking interest. The paper demonstrates the ability to identify individuals from pooled genomic DNA, even when that person has contributed less than 0.1% of the total DNA. At the Gene Expression blog, p-ter writes that this finding overturns the previously held wisdom "that individual-level information is lost when pooled together." That ought to give ethics committees something to talk about.


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.