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Sometimes the Cool Things Aren't Open Access

Jonathan Eisen blogs about a new photosynthetic bacterium found using metagenomic data. This report was published last week, to the dismay of Eisen's open-access soul, in Science. The researchers collected DNA from a hot spring in Yellowstone and discovered they had a new bacteriochlorophyll – synthesizing, phototrophic bacterium, now called Candidatus Chloracidobacterium thermophilum.

Catchy.

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.