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Yes, But Does It Also Explain the Penchant for Setting Ships on Fire?

British researchers led by Mark Jobling studied the Y chromosome haplotypes of modern men living in northwest Britain, an area that had a large Viking influx about 1,000 years ago. Based upon patrilineally inherited surnames, that genetic data was split in two groups by "modern" and "medieval" last names. (Last names dating back to the Vikings were found through historical records, such are surveys and ale-house licensing.) People with Viking-era names showed greater Scandinavian admixture than people with modern names, the scientists report in Molecular Biology and Evolution. Blogger Simon at Henry adds, "One of the most important questions in evolutionary biology today is how closely are genes and cultures linked."

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.