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Can't We Just Talk About This?

Paul Nurse, who won the Nobel Prize in 2001 along with Lee Hartwell and Timothy Hunt for their discoveries in cell cycle regulation, writes in to the UK's Times Online. His letter addresses the proposed British ban on creating human-animal embryos - scientists have said this is a possible avenue for stem cell research - and encourages everyone to hold off final decisions until there's more of an opportunity to educate the public about the subject. "We have to battle not only against these terrible diseases but also against misunderstanding and fear," writes Sir Nurse.

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.