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What Happens When You Can't Count Single Genes?

A column in the New York Times talks about the impact of recent scientific findings that make it more likely that the old one gene, one protein concept is falling by the wayside -- including the recent ENCODE publications showing that genes are not as discrete and separated as previously thought. For one thing, what about those patents covering genes, if the concept of a gene is overruled? Writer Denise Caruso predicts that there will be sweeping ramifications for the entire biotech industry.


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.