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A Tiresome Debate

Derek Lowe of In the Pipeline blogs about another recent paper that reports no connection between the xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus and patients surveyed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Harriet Groom et al. write that, in the examination of 170 samples from CFS patients from two cohorts and 395 controls for XMRV infection, they “have not identified XMRV DNA in any samples by PCR.” These results are among several others that contradict the findings reported in an October 2009 Science paper, which suggest that the retrovirus is detected in the blood cells of patients with CFS.

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.