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Biosafety Three, Biosafety Four ... How Much Difference Could There Be?

Here's a story from the UN Observer & International Report about the University of Wisconsin-Madison getting into hot water. According to the article, university researchers "made and manipulated copies of the entire Ebola virus genome without proper safety precautions." (They worked in a biosafety level 3 lab instead of a level 4.) That's a violation of NIH guidelines, even though researchers did get permission for the work from the University of Wisconsin Institutional Biosafety Committee, the story says.

 

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.