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Given the Green Light

Construction on the £500 million UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation has been approved, reports Nature's The Great Beyond. The multi-disciplinary UKCMRI will employ about 1,250 scientists and is being led by Nobel Prize winner Paul Nurse. In addition to biologists, chemists, and physicists, Nurse plans to recruit computer scientists, doctors, engineers, mathematicians, and nurses to the center, Science adds. The building of UKCMRI came into doubt when nearby residents in north London's Camden borough became concerned about pathogens and the size of the building, however the local council voted last week to allow the construction. According to the Wellcome Trust, which founded UKCMRI along with the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK , and University College London, work on the building will commence in the spring, and it is slated to be done by 2015.

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.