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ASHG already has quite a following on Twitter, where attendees have been tweeting about the quality of the parties as well as interesting bits of people's talks. "Shendure filtered common variants, applied mult filters, showed they could ID culprit in a known Mendelian disorder. Impressive," tweets nparmalee. In another tweet, dnatestindex writes, "C. Bustamante: the majority of genetic variants found in resequencing studies are only found in one individual."

And if you prefer to get information in more-than-140-character chunks, Luke Jostins at Genetic Inference blogs about the rare variant and 1,000 Genomes sessions from the first day of the conference. For the former, he writes, "A common theme that came up across in all the talks was that population demographic effects become more powerful for rare variants." And for the latter, he notes, "We have yet to show a unified set of uses of the 1000 Genomes data that gives a set of real significant biological findings. For the moment, the 1000 Genomes Project seems to be brimming with potential, but we can’t wait forever for this to crystallize into science."

Andrea Anderson from our sister site GenomeWeb Daily News is also at ASHG, and offers a news report on the 1,000 Genomes session as well.

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.