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Don't Forget, Make the Software Platform-Independent

On its blog, the International Society for Computational Biology solicits comments (through April 15) from its members to update its policy statement on bioinformatics software availability, first proposed last June. Revised from the original 2002 statement, the recommendations include:  researchers, funding organizations, and publishers must "uphold the core principle of sharing methods and results;" grantors and publishers should "require statements of software availability in grant proposals and research reports;" and, "executable versions of the software should be freely available for research use to individuals at academic institutions."

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.