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Report: Salary-wise, a Female PhD Equals a Male BA

A recent Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce report says that "while occupation can sometimes trump education, degree level still matters most." However, it also notes that "in a surprising number of cases, people with less educational attainment earn more than those with more education." Moreover, the Georgetown report adds that "race/ethnicity and gender are wild cards that can determine [pay], more than education or occupation." It's one chart, on page 10 of the report, that has bloggers buzzing: Put simply, by PZ Myers at Pharyngula, the chart shows that "a Y chromosome is the same as a PhD." Indeed, according to the report, "women have to have a PhD to make as much as men with a BA." Blogger Kay Steiger calls this "the most depressing pay gap statistic."

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.