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The Wonders of Delegating

Technology Review reports that scientists have found a new antibiotic -- by getting bacteria to produce it for them. MIT researchers including Philip Lessard and Anthony Sinskey contributed to the work, which encouraged bacteria to make antibiotics by growing them up with another bacteria. After sequencing a strain of Rhodococcus fascians and discovering that the organism had a number of genes that appeared to confer "antibiotic-producing powers," as the article puts it, the scientists cultured the bacteria alongside Streptomyces. Rhodococcus produced a compound now called rhodostreptomycin, which is capable of killing H. pylori.


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.