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Economists, Biologists

At the National Institutes of Health's Office of Extramural Research blog, Deputy Director Sally Rockey says the agency's Future of the Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group's primary focus will be "developing a model for a sustainable and diverse US biomedical research workforce," and that, in order to do so, it has "constituted a modeling subcommittee," primarily composed of economists. Rockey also points to the newly posted working group roster, which is composed primarily of administrators of biomedical research in both industry and academia. According to the NIH, based on the subcommittee's analysis and input from the extramural community, "using appropriate expertise from NIH and external sources, and recognizing that there are limits to NIH’s ability to control many aspects of the training pipeline," the group will "make recommendations for actions that NIH should take to support a future sustainable biomedical infrastructure."

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.