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The Virus Whisperer

Today's New York Times includes a Q&A with UCSF's Joe DeRisi, best known in this field for his development of the virus microarray that enabled the identification of SARS in 2003. DeRisi talks about how the idea for the chip came about to solve the problem of sorting out viruses, which "had always been a laborious and time-consuming effort," he says. "Sometimes, it took 10, 20 years to find a virus [researchers] knew had to be in there."

 

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.