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Will Personalized Medicine Kill Health Insurance?

An article at VentureBeat considers the future of privatized health insurance through the eyes of a world where personal genomics has become the norm. With more information about their health, and potential illness, consumers will have the upper hand over health insurance companies, deciding which policies to buy instead of guessing, the author writes. Since "informed choices cost insurers money," the article says, "extrapolate this far enough forward and it basically leads to the death of both health and life insurance, neither of which can survive without some pooling of risk."

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.