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Contributors: Meredith Salisbury, Brent Nicastro


Since first attending the Marco Island conference two years ago, Meredith Salisbury has been hearing increased concern from scientists at midsize genome sequencing centers. With the Human Genome Project wrapping up, those concerns are meeting reality, prompting her story, “Survival of the Fittest?” (p. 30). This year, Salisbury headed back to Marco Island but dreaded seeing Rick Wilson, who would undoubtedly make fun of her alma mater’s lackluster football post-season.

Brent Nicastro photographed Michael Giddings (, p. 25) in a Madison, Wis., park while Giddings visited the area recently. Nicastro’s image of John Devereux appeared on our cover in February, 2002. Brent’s photos have appeared in more than 300 publications throughout the world, including Time, People, USA Today, Elle, Money and Parade. Madison, his 1999 book of images of the Wisconsin capital, is in its fourth printing.

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.