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You Are Human, Right?

In New Scientist, Peter Aldhous recounts that Blaine Bettinger emailed him to ask about his DNA profile: "This is a strange question, but are you sure this is Homo sapiens?" Sometimes, when looking at his DecodeMe data, Aldhous's mitochondrial DNA marker would appear to have undergone a "bizarre mangling." Other times, though, it matched his 23andMe data. The problem, Aldhous discovered, came from a bug in Decode's database software. "That's sobering, because enthusiasts for health information technology envisage a future in which computer systems like Decode's will query databases holding people's DNA profiles to help doctors make decisions on which drugs to prescribe, and at what doses," Aldhous writes. Decode told Aldhous that it is looking into the problem.

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.