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ERC Supports More Than 400 Young Scientists

Nature's The Great Beyond reports that the European Research Council is funding 427 early career investigators €580 million in its third round of Starting Grants, which are worth up to €2 million each. According to Nature, 2,873 researchers applied for the awards this year. More than a third — 35.8 percent — of the grants fund life sciences research across the European Union. Researchers in the UK won 79 grants, "closely followed by France with 71 and Germany with 67," Nature adds. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation, and Science said in an ERC statement that she hopes that "we will see more Nobel prizes awarded to ERC-funded top talent."

Earlier this month, the National Institutes of Health rolled out its Early Independence Award program, which will fund 10 early career investigators $250,000 per year for five years to initiate independent labs.

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.