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But Going Crossed-Eyed is Fun

One of the major problems in bioinformatics is that people spend too much time formatting and then re-formatting their data to use different resources, blogs Deepak Singh. Unfortunately, he says, the interfaces of data repositories in the life sciences do not use application programming interfaces, or APIs. If they did, then better visualization and other services could be provided to the users, he says, making their experience more efficient and effective. More time, then, could be spent on data analysis and software development rather than all the data formatting.

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.