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Tick, Tick, Tick: Craig Venter on 60 Minutes

In this video, 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft profiles Craig Venter. They discuss everything from Venter's synthetic genome to his personal faults to whether or not Venter thinks he is playing God or believes in God. Venter foresees a future in which pretty much anything can be bioengineered and that that future will be here shortly. "The first things will start to come out in the next few years. I think that possibly next year's flu vaccine could come from these synthetic DNA processes," Venter says. Later in the video, Kroft asks Venter whether he is, as his critics say, "overly ambitious." To that, Venter replies: "I'm sure I am very guilty of that."


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.