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Trust Your Gut

Technology Review reports on a great combination: metagenomics, the human microbiome, and "a gold mine of feces." Swedish immunologist Bengt Björkstén is starting a metagenomics project on fecal samples to try to determine whether changes in the human microbiome have contributed to the escalating allergy rates in wealthy nations. The article quotes Björkstén as saying, "The key to understanding these diseases may be in the gut, rather than in the environment."

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.