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General Gupta

President-elect Obama has offered the position of surgeon general to CNN reporter and neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta, reports the Washington Post. Around the blogosphere, there is a variety of reactions. At Terra Sigillata, Abel Pharmboy says Gupta is a good pick because he knows the failings of the US healthcare system and many Americans already trust him for health information, while Orac at Respectful Insoloence says not only does Gupta lack gravitas, he thinks Gupta has "made some high profile stumbles" in his coverage at CNN. At the New York Times, Paul Krugman weighs in, recalling Gupta's treatment of Michael Moore over the documentary Sicko. "Gupta specifically claimed that Moore 'fudged his facts', when the truth was that on every one of the allegedly fudged facts, Moore was actually right and CNN was wrong," Krugman says.

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.