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Early Exposure

Jodie Spitze at Xconomy says that "bioinformatics education should start in high school." Spitze, a high school science teacher, notes that most of her students who excel in science and math are interested in pursuing careers in human and veterinary medicine. In an effort to get students interested in basic discovery research, Spitze emphasizes that one of the most exciting advances in science is the merger of biology and technology. "What is especially exciting is that this technology is available to all, including high school students," she writes. As a teacher, Spitze says she worries whether she's "doing enough to prepare my students for the careers that await them." But programs such as the National Science Foundation's Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers are a big help. "Just seeing a scientist that looks like them can be enough to allow some students to envision themselves in similar careers," she says of the effectiveness of programs like the Bio-ITEST Bioinformatics Workshop.

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.