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A Conversation with Linda Buck

At the Scientific American Guest Blog, Erin Johnson relays her conversation with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Linda Buck during the Women in Science Symposium held at Cornell University this month. Buck told Johnson that exposure to established female scientists is important for keeping women in science:

Having women in the lab and talking to them. … We need to have role models for our young women. Giving girls exposure to powerful women, having them see what's out there.

The Nobel laureate also shared her advice for young women who choose to pursue careers in the lab, emphasizing the importance of the process of basic science.

"Joy comes with discovery," Buck said, adding that it's important to "periodically take time to step-back, stop working in the lab, and evaluate; it's important to recognize when to give up and let go if you're going down a dead end path. … Science is meant to explore not to prove. If you set out aiming to prove a concept, you might miss the most interesting part."

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.