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Baruj Benacerraf Dies

Baruj Benacerraf, who shared the 1980 Nobel Prize in medicine, has died, reports The New York Times. He was 90. Benacerraf won the Nobel Prize along with George Snell and Jean Dausset for their work on the immune system. In particular, Benacerraf found that a set of genes governed the strength of a person's immune response. "Although such an observation may seem unsurprising today, when advances in genetics have elucidated the role of genes in virtually every biological process, it was an intellectual leap in the early 1960s, when Dr. Benacerraf conducted his research," the Times adds.

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.