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The Father of Fortran

John Backus, a longtime IBM employee who in the 1950s developed the Fortran programming language -- the first language that made it possible to deliver instructions to a computer without coding each one by hand -- died this weekend at 82.

It's a rare person still using any version of Fortran, but we thought the bioinformatics community would want to remember the person who helped paved their way.

 

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.