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"You Get What You Pay For"

Mike the Mad Biologist writes that ever since he started as a biologist, he's been told that "in five years, there's going to be a massive wave a retirement of older faculty," though that never seems to occur, and that there's always been this worry that not enough Americans are going into science to fill that gap. A ScienceInsider post from October discussed a study that suggests that there isn't a "shrinking supply of native-born talent in United States" but that science and technology wages are depressed and that lures would-be scientists to more lucrative fields. "Like many other things in life, you get what you pay for (if you're lucky)," Mike the Mad Biologist writes, adding that "until we create more science-related opportunities, in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, we are just creating an over-qualified, underpaid workforce."

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.