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Macrogen: Northeast Asia Reference Database

Macrogen of Korea has released the Northeast Asian Reference Database (NARD). It includes whole-genome sequencing and genetic variant data for a panel of 1,779 individuals, including 850 Koreans, 384 Mongolians, 396 Japanese, 91 Chinese, and 58 Hong Kong residents, making it the largest reference panel representing those countries, according to the company. Macrogen expects the database will help improve the accuracy of imputation in genome-wide association studies and predict disease based on polygenic risk scores. Early next year, the company plans to release a second reference panel, from 10,000 individuals.

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.