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Telomeres and Your "Genetic Hand"

More than 130,000 Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California are sharing their spit to have their genomes scanned, reports the New York Times. This study aims to "uncover the genetic roots of chronic disease and, perhaps, to find out why some people live longer than others," the Times says, as participants' genetic information will be linked to their medical information (though their names will be removed from the data). In addition, the University of California, San Francisco's Elizabeth Blackburn will be studying a subset of the Kaiser Permanente population. Her lab will be measuring the length of the telomeres present on the chromosomes. "Telomere length is more reflective of things that happen in your life than the genetic hand you are born with," Blackburn says.

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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.