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Tell Them What They Want to Hear

At Genetic Future, Daniel discusses a letter published in last week's Nature in which Kenneth Kosik and Francisco Lopera argue that, unlike a previous Nature article suggests, not all people are resilient when faced with bleak genetic test results, and the authors give an example of a man who stated he would shoot himself in the head if he knew he had the variant for Alzheimer's disease. Kosik and Lopera wonder if knowing people's genetic polymorphisms for risk-taking would help identify people who could handle bad news. Daniel decries this as "techno-paternalism" and asks, "So if a person tests positive for a genetic variant that indicates they'll respond badly to genetic testing results, should you tell them?"

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.