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By the Time They're Done Analyzing, There Won't Be Any Genes Left

Poor Steve Salzberg. Not only does GTO routinely misspell his name, but now he's 4,000 genes short of where he was a couple of weeks ago.

In research he calls "compelling," Michele Clamp and cronies from the Broad Institute have published work in PNAS saying that the total number of genes in the human genome should be reduced from previous estimates of about 25,000 to 20,500. "Their analysis is pretty convincing - they did careful alignments of all human genes to both mouse and dog, and were able to identify several thousand genes that didn't seem to exist in our furry friends," Salzberg writes.


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.