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Take That, Anti-Vaccine People

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine led by Harvard's Mark Daly found an association between changes to chromosome 16 and autism. Using a genome-wide association study of Autism Genetic Resource Exchange families, they searched for copy-number variations and found that a de novo deletion or duplication of 593 kb on chromosome 16p11.2 conveys susceptibility to autism. Sandra Porter at Discovering Biology in a Digital World adds, "It's not yet known which of the 25 genes in this 147,000 base region is related to the development of autism, but the trail is getting warmer."

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.