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So Much for the Argument that Race Is a Social Construct

Here's a headscratcher for you. Wired reports on a forensic test from DNAPrint Genomics that claims to accurately determine the race of a criminal from DNA found at a crime scene. It's been a tough sell to police departments, which are balking at both the cost and the racial-profiling sensitivity issues the test raises. GTO wonders, though: if you have a DNA sample and could genotype it, wouldn't it be more helpful to get information like height, hair color, and probable health condition than the color of the person's skin?


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.