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This Week in Nature: Sep 26, 2014

In Nature Genetics this week, a team from the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences reports the genome sequence of the common carp, Cyprinus carpio, which is the world's most farmed species of fish. The researchers sequenced the genomes of 33 fish from four wild populations and six domestic strains. When comparing two common varieties, they found 894 differentially expressed genes, many of which are involved in scale development and pigmentation. This work is expected to provide information of economically important traits and help breeders improve farmed carp. GenomeWeb Daily News has more on the carp genome here.

And in Nature Methods, a group from the French National Center for Scientific Research describe a new method for 3D genome reconstruction using chromosomal contacts. A key challenge in chromosome conformation capture experiments is the reconstruction of spatial distances and three-dimensional genome structures from observed contacts between genomic loci. To address this, the investigators developed a two-step algorithm that avoids convergence issues, deals with limited or noisy contact maps, and is faster than existing methods.

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.