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A Defense of Animal Research

At Terra Sigillata, a blogger who goes by the pseudonym "Abel Pharmboy" defends the need for animal research after a recent paper criticized universities and other organizations that had increased their use of such research over the past several years. "None of my in vitro work will ever make it to human clinical trials unless animal studies are done," Pharmboy writes. "No matter how elegant the hypothesis or wizardry in the design of a drug molecule, the ultimate question from colleagues is, 'But does it work in an intact biological system (an animal)?'"

It's worth checking out the blog if only to see the cleverly done poster from the Foundation for Biomedical Research.


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.