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"Under the Sea..."

An article in The Scientist describes a "mini-mass spec" that can work 2500 meters below sea level, where the pressure can reach 250 atmospheres. To make such a device, researchers from Harvard and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute made a container from titanium that's about 1 meter long and 20 centimeters in diameter to hold the mass spec and had it rather than the mass spec deal with all that pressure. "There's so much we don't know because we can't culture these [deep sea] microbes," Harvard's Peter Girguis says. "We know they're down there making RNA, but we don't really know what they're doing."

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.