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Spit in a Cup, Find New Friends

It's the obvious next step in direct-to-consumer genomics: social networking. Technology Review reports that 23andMe "is about to unveil a new social-networking service that allows customers to compare their DNA." The article quotes George Church as saying, "I think the idea of social networking has untapped potential."

And if you need a refresher course on the burgeoning field of consumer-targeted genetic testing, this Washington Post article delivers a good status report. GTO's favorite line: "This is the world of direct-to-consumer genetic testing, a peculiar mix of modern science, old-fashioned narcissism and innovative entrepreneurialism, all made possible by the government-sponsored Human Genome Project."

 

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.