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You Don't Often Hear the Pro-Obesity Health Argument

According to this wire story, scientists in Norway homed in on epigenetic markers that indicate which stem cells are best suited for regenerating tissue. The catch? The work has been performed on liposuctioned stem cells. As the article points out, "Unlike other sources of adult stem cells, fat is abundant and there is no shortage of donors."

If we're reading this right, the take-home message seems to be that one day your own fat can save you. So abandon that diet and have another donut.

 

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.