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Taking Advantage of Genomic Medicine

The UK's National Health Service needs to form some kind of committee to evaluate the potential of diagnostic tests in order to take full advantage of advances in genomic medicine, says the Times Online's Mark Henderson. Two science think tanks at the University of Cambridge warn that "the potential of genetic testing to deliver better treatments at lower cost will be delayed unless there is a system to establish the benefits," Henderson says. Without such a system, hospitals and doctors could waste time and money on tests that have no clear benefit, and could end up ignoring older tests that would serve them better, he adds. "The Department of Health should establish an evaluation and decision-making body, as a matter of urgency, to direct research funding towards important strategic questions and ensure evidence-based implementation of both new diagnostic techniques and informatics systems within the NHS," the think tanks' report says.

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.