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Are New Nobel Prizes Needed?

In an open letter in New Scientist, scientists and engineers urge the Nobel Foundation to create two new prizes and extend the physiology or medicine prize to cover all the life sciences, reports ScienceInsider. The signatories, which include Cancer Research UK's Tim Hunt, UMass's Lynn Margulis, Harvard's Steven Pinker, Harvard's E.O. Wilson, and others, write that prizes in global environment and public health are warranted and that revamping the physiology or medicine prize would allow it to include ecology and neuroscience, among other fields. "We feel that these suggestions will enable the prizes to appropriately recognise future achievements, and to remain influential for another hundred years," they say.

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.