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The Touch, the Feel...

Researchers led by Andrew Paterson at the University of Georgia are making the cotton genome publicly available, according to a press release at USAgNet. As part of the US Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute's Community Sequencing Program, researchers from seven countries sequenced Gossypium raimondii in part with next-gen sequencers. "This achievement, and the ongoing research community annotations of our cotton genome, will speed continued improvement of cotton production and help sustain one of the world's largest industries," Paterson says in the statement.

Paterson and his colleagues published a draft physical map of the cotton genome in BMC Genomics in 2010.

HT: @doe_jgi

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.

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In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.