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What If You're Human and Still Can't Run a Mile?

A cDNA array-based comparative genomic hybridization study out of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Stanford found that, among 10 primate species that spanned a 60-million-year period of evolutionary time, almost one-third of all human genes showed a predicted change in copy number in one or more of these species. The genes identified with these changes are likely to be important to lineage-specific traits, say scientists in the Genome Research paper, such as physiological adaptations that permit humans to run long distances. (Well, some humans, anyway.)

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.