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Because Francis Collins Is Sooo Frightening

The New Scientist's Amanda Gefter says that the Discovery Institute has "given up the game and acknowledged that their concerns are religious after all" and that the shift is due not to Richard Dawkins, but to Francis Collins. The Discovery Institute recently launched a website called Faith and Evolution that says that one cannot be a Christian and accept evolution -- Gefter suspects the site is in response to Collins' BioLogos Foundation, which promotes theistic evolution. "The Discovery Institute has now made it crystal clear that they have no interest in reconciling science and religion – instead, they want their brand of religion to replace science," Gefter 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.