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Soon We Won't Even Have to Meet People to Know Who Our Friends Are

US News & World Report has an article about how early adopters are using their DNA sequence data to find connections to other people who are related to them or who have similar aspects to their genomes. Think of it as genetics meets social networking, the article says, citing an example of 23andMe cofounder Anne Wojcicki comparing her night owl habits to those of her friends using sequence information about them from her company.

 

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.