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The Viagra of Parasites?

Andrew Weeks of the University of Melbourne published a paper in PLoS Biology which used Drosophila simulans to describe the evolution of Wolbachia, a maternally inherited bacteria that causes the host to hatch fewer eggs when uninfected females mate with Wolbachia-carrying males. However, over time, changes in the parasite's genome actually allow its hosts to have higher egg counts than non-infected hosts. Go figure.

 

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.