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This Week in Science: Feb 23, 2007

In today's issue of Science:

A team led by Wistar Institute scientists publish on the process of microRNA editing and demonstrate in mice that edited miRNAs silence different targets than their original forms.

In a paper from lead author Qian-Hua Shen at the Max-Planck Institute, researchers describe plant defense mechanisms, which they show to be taking place on the gene transcript level. The defense is a response to pathogen invasion and in this study is demonstrated in barley.

From Mass General comes a paper on DNA methylation, with a specific focus on methylation that occurs on the X chromosome. The authors performed a large-scale analysis to better understand the relationship between methylation, CpG island locations, and expression.


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.