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From the "You Can't Know Where You're Going If You Don't Know Where You've Been" File

This article from the UK's Guardian Unlimited looks at the major scientific achievements of 2007, with an especially wide-eyed look at genomics. The year was marked by "huge leaps in our understanding of how genes cause disease and how life works (and can be manipulated) at its most fundamental level," according to the article. Craig Venter's news about converting one species of Mycoplasma bacteria to another topped the list for synthetic biology -- while in the world of genetics, the article says:

The most significant announcement came in June when a British-led collaboration of more than 50 research groups from around the world reported a study of 17,000 people that identified a total of 24 new genes linked to bipolar disorder, Crohn's disease, heart disease, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and high blood pressure, tripling the number of genes already associated with these conditions.

 

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.