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Bet You Didn't Know His Middle Name Is Dewey

So what's the main difference between you and James Watson? While the rest of us are stuck with each other, Watson says in his life he has been able to "live among unboring people." The online division of the San Diego Union-Tribune interviewed Watson, who is in San Diego this week promoting his new book, Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science. The Q&A is well worth your time, if for nothing more than our favorite tidbits about the Nobel laureate:

  • Current hero: Roger Federer
  • Most important person to have lived on Earth: Charles Darwin
  • Alternate career path: Art dealer (because life is "not about big boobs")
  • Says he earns less than: Baseball umpires
  • Best overall quote: "I'll be happy when we get to the point of a Chevrolet genome."

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.