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Word from the Windy City

As the AAAS meeting wraps up today, here's a newswire story reporting on innovations in synthetic biology. The article quotes Stanford's Drew Endy in a prediction of what will happen in the next six years: "I bet we will be able to construct a human chromosome, and the yeast genome," according to Endy. The story also reports on talks from Jay Keasling and Christina Smolke, who "spoke about her efforts to design molecules that go into the cell and analyze the cellular state before delivering a therapeutic effect," the article says.

GenomeWeb was at the session too, and Andrea Anderson reported on Endy's call for "a national [US] initiative to support and encourage synthetic biology."

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.