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Sometimes, It's Just Good Genes


Geneticists at Washington University School of Medicine have confirmed a link between the gene CHRM2, and performance IQ.  Variations within the gene have been correlated with small differences in performance IQ scores.  While it’s not to be dubbed an “intelligence gene,” CHRM2 rather activates brain signaling pathways that influence IQ.  Interesting to note, the research was part of a larger study on alcoholism, and the DNA was gathered from people who had been treated for alcohol dependence and members of their families.

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.