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We Think of It as the Synthetic Biology Sweatshop

Wired offers an article on the results of last week's International Genetically Engineered Machines competition at MIT. Known as iGEM, the competition pits teams of young students from around the world against each other in an attempt to perform the best synthetic biology work. After a summer's worth of work, this year's grand prize went to a team from Peking University, one of some 50 teams participating. iGEM was started by Tom Knight, Drew Endy, and Randy Rettberg.


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.