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Teaching Old Cells New Tricks

Edinburgh University's Ian Wilmut, who cloned Dolly the sheep, is giving up his old cloning methods for a new one developed by Shinya Yamanaka at Kyoto University, reports the BBC. Yamanaka's method genetically modifies adult cells, such as skin cells, to make them more like stem cells. "The work which was described from Japan of using a technique to change cells from a patient directly into stem cells without making an embryo has got so much more potential," Wilmut said to the BBC.

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.