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Thanks to Population Genetics, We Can Do Better than the Seven Daughters of Eve

If Technology Review is right, we may have to stop making fun of those DNA-based ancestry sites. According to this article, the popularity of large-scale studies like GWAS is providing markers that appear to be more indicative of actual ancestry than some of the early-days markers that have been used to date. Of course, if the ancestry companies started using high-density arrays to look at hundreds of thousands of regions across the genome ... well, then they'd just be 23andMe.

 

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.