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ARUP Laboratories/IDbyDNA Explify Respiratory

ARUP Laboratories and IDbyDNA have launched Explify Respiratory, a next-generation sequencing-based test for respiratory infections. Explify Respiratory detects more than 200 common and rare bacterial, fungal, and viral respiratory pathogens with a single test. It is powered by IDbyDNA's Taxonomer software, a DNA search engine that can rapidly identify any organism by its genetic material. The test is the first in a line of tests that ARUP Labs and IDbyDNA plan to launch as part of a previously announced strategic partnership to develop and commercialize infectious disease testing using metagenomics.

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.