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Imec elPrep5

Imec has introduced elPrep5, the latest iteration of its DNA analytics platform. The new release of elPrep adds variant calling and takes advantage of parallel computing to perform a complete analysis in a single pass. The Belgian nanoelectronics and digital technology company claimed that elPrep5 can process a whole-genome sequence eight to 16 times faster than the Broad Institute's benchmark Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK).

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.