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This Week in Nature: Nov 23, 2007

In an editorial, Nature's team explains the rationale behind asking for independent verification of the primate cloning paper that has already seen lots of media attention. The editorial makes it clear that the decision to obtain second-party verification was based on past problems in the cloning arena, rather than any misgivings about the research team behind the latest paper.

In a paper, Andreas Brune describes the first metagenomic analysis of the intestinal tract of a termite. The goal of the work was to help understand the organisms that help termites turn wood into energy.

And in this news story, Nature reports on Germany's first national academy of science, based at the Leopoldina, a 350-year-old scientific academy.


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.