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Testing Little Johnny

A recent entry on 23andMe's blog, the Spittoon, in which Joanna Mountain recounts getting her children's test results, spurred Genetic Future's Daniel MacArthur to discuss the ethics of direct-to-consumer genetic testing of children. The issue, he says, is that adults can choose if they want to know their genetic risk of diseases while children cannot, and that once some one knows something, it can't be unknown. He says he has a "pretty laissez-faire view of genetic information" and is convinced by Mountain's approach -- she only lets them look at the results under her supervision and says that the benefits outweigh the risks. However, MacArthur later adds that the current information about the genes tested can be "seriously incomplete."

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.