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A Big Freeze

At The Scientist Bob Grant looks into whether US President Obama’s three-year spending freeze will affect science funding. "Science advocates are concerned that Obama's funding freeze may spell the steep budgetary drop-off in the next fiscal year that many dread," Grant writes. He notes that Jared Bernstein, Vice President Joe Biden's chief economist and economic policy adviser, blogged that "the entire theory of the President's proposed freeze is to dial up the stuff that will support job growth and innovation while dialing down the stuff that doesn't." FASEB spokesperson Carrie Wolinetz adds: "We're hopeful that science is enough of a priority in the president's agenda that the scientific agencies we care about will not be included."

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.