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Division of Labor is Good

At The Open Helix Blog, a blogger comments on the partnership between The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) and the journal Plant Physiology that's pushing authors to input their own data into the TAIR database. The blogger worries about the fact that most scientists aren't trained data curators, and databases such as these -- large and complex ones that need a certain amount of professional upkeep -- will suffer. "Now, I would use the form, and I would submit, and I would try to do it to meet standards and with accuracy," the blogger writes. "But I have had lots of colleagues over the years who would have blown that off. So I hope there is compliance, but ... we’ll see."

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.