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Hand in Hand

Science needs free speech to work, and science has come to play an important role in defending against censorship in recent years, writes Jo Glanville at New Scientist. Glanville, editor of the Index on Censorship magazine, says this is partly due to the increasing cross between science and politics, but it also "reflects a revolution in access to information." One censorship tool to silence researchers is the libel lawsuit, but more recently, there have also been examples of the scientific community self-censoring and keeping information somewhat secret. "All too often the fight for free speech depends on the courage of individuals," Glanville says. "Both the law and the culture within the science establishment have to change in order to safeguard open debate. Freedom of expression depends on it."

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.