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We'll Take Your Word for It, But They Look the Same to Us

Brian Palenik from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and a team of colleagues published a paper in the PNAS early edition comparing the genomes of two marine phytoplankton. The comparison, they say, "reveals surprising differences across orthologous chromosomes in the two species from highly syntenic chromosomes in most cases to chromosomes with almost no similarity," according to the abstract. The team posits that several different mechanisms, including horizontal gene transfer, have contributed to this species divergence.


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.