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Bravo, Beamline

BBC reports that the European Light Source, a synchrotron based in Grenoble, France, is due for a £150 million upgrade. (That's some facelift.) Synchrotrons, a key large-scale tool in determining protein structure, "have become the must-have science facility in recent years," the news article says. The planned improvements are expected to take seven years to complete. "The upgrade is intended to maintain its flagship status in Europe, and protect its global competiveness in the context of the enhancements also planned for the top US (the Advanced Photon Source) and Japanese (The Super Photon Ring) machines," BBC 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.