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Perfect Your Pitch

You have 30 seconds to describe your research in sufficient detail: ready, set, go! (Be thankful you're allowed to use more than just seven words.) Jared Snider at Bitesize Bio says that because "developing the skills to explain your science is critical for success as a scientist," researchers ought to perfect their so-called elevator pitches for non-scientist friends and families. Thirty to 60-second elevator pitches are "very handy, not only at parties … but also when … rubbing elbows with members of the National Academy of Science at meetings or symposia," Snider says. Further, he adds, as all grant applications ask for summaries to explain your proposal's background and significance, the elevator pitch also helps researchers to succinctly state what it is that they plan to do and exactly why it's important.

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.