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Eugene Goldwasser Dies

Eugene Goldwasser, who isolated and purified erythropoietin in the 1970s, has died, reports The New York Times. He was 88. It later became the basis of Amgen, and the company has made billions of dollars on the anemia drug. "It just continually delighted him that the work he did ended up having an impact on patients," Gary Toback, a colleague of Goldwasser's at the University of Chicago, tells the Times. Neither Goldwasser nor the University of Chicago patented Epo and Goldwasser later told a university publicist that "one percent of one percent of the drug's annual revenues would have funded my lab quite handsomely." Amgen cloned — and patented — the Epo gene. In a 1996 essay, Goldwasser wrote that "the enormous clinical success of Epo still astonishes me."

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.