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C'est La Vie

The NYT has an article on Douglas C. Prasher, a man who was instrumental in finding the GFP gene but who didn't share the Nobel in chemistry this year, recently awarded to three scientists, for its discovery and usage as an intracellular marker. Instead, life took its turns, Prasher dropped out of science, and he now drives a courtesy van for a car dealer. Prasher says he is not bitter: "There are other people who would have deserved it a whole lot more than me," he says in the story. "They worked their butts off over their entire lives for science and I haven't."

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.