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And Praying to the God of Technology is Bad Because...?

At In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe takes a walk down memory lane -- the late '80s and early '90s -- of the biopharma industry, when computers were considered a luxury and data sharing meant one person hoarding the goods on a mainframe. He talks of the "Bare Desk Era" at his first company, when no computers were official policy and registering new chemical compounds was done with pencil and paper and interoffice mail. "I didn’t even have a shared computer at first; when I finally got a part of one, it was a Mac IIcx, which these days hardly seems like something you could even use to archive your tuna salad recipes," Lowe writes. "Even at the time, it occurred to me that this was no way to handle data."

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.