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Your Next Dinner Conversation: Metabolomic Profile

A story in The Economist looks at how metabolomics can advance personalized medicine. This "medical crystal-ball gazing" is being slowly translated into useful tests, such as those used to develop diet advice. However, researchers say it's a long way from being a widespread clinical diagnostic or prognostic tool. "Thousands of people need to be tested and monitored for years to build up an accurate picture of what sort of metabolic patterns could make people ill," says the article.

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.