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For Those of Us Wishing We Had a Twin

Samuel Wood, a researcher at Stemagen Corporation in La Jolla, California, has made cloned embryos from his own skin cells, reports The Guardian. Other, less traditional media outlets, like Wired and The Scientist, wonder what the big deal is. Introducing DNA from skin cells into donated eggs whose own DNA was removed, and then growing these into embryos, they write, is nothing new. The next step, using extracted stem cells from these embryos for medical use is what should make headlines. "Having access to specific stem cell lines would allow us to research major diseases such as Parkinson's and spinal muscular atrophy," says Dr. Stephen Minger, a stem cell researcher at King's College London.

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.