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Dusting off Science

As President-elect Obama fills out his cabinet positions, people in the sciences are wondering just when he will name a science advisor. To increase the status of the position, Chris Mooney says at the online publication Science Progress that the advisor should be named soon, and announced as prominently as the other cabinet-level positions have been. Olivia Judson weighs in with a blog post at the New York Times on the "rubbishing of science" that has occurred during the Bush administration. She says Obama should "restore science in government."

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.