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On Synthetic Biology, or the Week that Pain Beat Craig Venter to the U.S. Cover of Newsweek

If you're a Newsweek subscriber in Europe, Asia, or Latin America, your latest issue will feature Craig Venter on the cover next to the headline "Playing God." (Here in the States, apparently, playing God isn't enough to get you on the cover. Craig was edged out by an article on pain treatment.)

The story's about synthetic biology, and it's a nice summary of the accomplishments and goals of the field with quotes from the usual suspects, including George Church, Tom Knight, and Jay Keasling. The article was written by Lee Silver, a molecular biology professor at Princeton.

 

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.