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Because Quantitative Just Keeps Trumping Qualitative

In his latest post, Ricardo Vidal at My Biotech Life blogs about BioNumbers, billed as a "database of useful biological numbers." (Of course, this database would not be necessary if everyone remembered that the answer is always 42.)

BioNumbers is the brainchild of Ron Milo, Paul Jorgensen and Mike Springer at Harvard's systems bio department. The database, which currently coughs up data in Google Spreadsheet format, is intended to help scientists searching for numbers "like the total cell volume of an E. coli cell or the diffusion rate of a certain protein," Vidal writes.


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.