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Google in the Hospital

It's in the hospital that Google Health will be put to the test, says this article in MIT's Tech Review. Doctor's offices, it continues, are moving away from paper-based records -- a cause of fragmented information -- to electronic records. Google Health may be one of the ways to go, if it shows promising results at Beth Israel Deaconess and the Cleveland Clinic. One drawback, though, is that Google is not subject to HIPAA laws, but Beth Israel Deaconess' chief information officer, John Halamka, says "Google has been really pretty compulsive about privacy. If it violates patient trust, you might as well just shut the site down."

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.