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What Happens When You Flip the Master Switch?

A team of researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Lab headed by Alea Mills found what they’ve shown to be a master switch for cancer. After performing studies on both mice and humans, Mills tracked the location of the so-far elusive granddaddy of tumor suppressor genes, CHD5. The CHD5 gene maps to a region on chromosome 1 and makes a protein that prevents cancer by turning on a tumor suppressive network. Their results have been published in the February issue of Cell.

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.