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First, Get a Placenta

So you wanna do stem cell experiments, but you don't want to go through all of the red tape involved in securing a federally approved line. Worry not. If you have the will, the science blogosphere has a way. Check out the latest dispatch in Pimm, a biotech DIY blog, for step-by-step instructions on isolating amniotic stem cells from a human placenta. Blogger Attila Csordás shows that "isolating stem cells from the placenta is not more difficult than making a steak, and with proper preparation, investment and timing you can do it even at home or in a rent lab."

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.