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Genome: The Autobiography of an Heir

Matt Ridley, author of Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters as well as other books on genomics, has a parallel life as a bank director in the UK. His family apparently has a longstanding reputation in the country, and in the mid-'90s Ridley followed in the path of his father, the fourth Viscount Ridley, who was chairman of Northern Rock bank. But things didn't go so smoothly for the latest Ridley to run the bank: Northern Rock has accepted his resignation and replaced him with a new chairman after Ridley was accused by parliament member Michael Fallon of causing "the first bank run in this country for 150 years" and "[damaging] the name, the good name, of British banking,'' according to this article from Bloomberg.

Hey, Matt, if it's any consolation, the scientific community doesn't really care if you can't run a bank. Get back to writing already!


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.