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Artificial Biology and Artificial Biologists

Two scientists in this Economist article have different visions of artificial life. David Harel from Israel's Weizmann Institute wants to create a computer model of C. elegans, saying that scientists will only fully understand what goes on during development when an artificial model exactly follows the processes in the live model. Stephen Emmott, who works at Microsoft Research, is working on building a computer from biological parts to make an artificial scientist that can catch relationships hidden in the data that a human would miss.

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.