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Where Female Scientists Fall Behind

In a paper appearing in the current issue of Academic Medicine, a slew of science policy experts discuss "sex differences in application, success, and funding rates for NIH extramural programs," which they detected in 2010 when collating data for grants the agency had funded. Overall, the team says that "success and funding rates for men and women were not significantly different in most award programs," though for renewal grants "both application and funding rates were generally higher for men than for women." While women received larger R01 awards on average, "men had more R01 awards than women at all points in their careers," the authors write. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, "the NIH says it is concerned about such findings and is looking forward to more study of the matter."

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.