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This Week in Nature: Jun 21, 2007

A group from the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Portland cloned monkey stem cells, according to this news report. In their not-yet-published work, researchers replaced the nucleus of unfertilized money eggs with skin cell nuclei.

The British government withdrew its bid for Charles Darwin's house and surrounding area to become a World Heritage site after the proposal was unfavorably reviewed. The bid will be reintroduced in two years, according to this news article.

Nature this week has a supplemental section on DNA replication and repair. Check these pages out to brush up on telomeres and repeats or to review oxidative DNA damage repair and chromatin dynamics.

Ronald DePinho and his colleagues show that human and mouse tumors undergo similar processes as they turn malignant. Through comparative oncogenomic studies, they found that mouse model systems engineered to be chromosomally instable undergo changes that are also seen in human solid tumors and, they say, these findings support using the mouse system to model human cancer.

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.