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But They Had Such Memorable Names

At The Gene Sherpa, Steve Murphy points to a recent perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine that gives direct-to-consumer personal genome services a no-go. Contributing to the lack of enthusiasm for companies like 23andMe and Navigenics is the fear that they offer more uncertainty than anything else when put into the hands of physicians. Murphy wonders what will happen to these personal genome companies, once the hype fades. Number seven on the list is, "They will contract the Sherpa, buy Helix Health and it's model. Enabling the spread of directed genetic testing and personalized medicine."

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.