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Happy Birthday, Chuck

Most Americans, says Edward Humes in this Los Angeles Times editorial, do not understand real evolution, just the "radio talk-show version" that is custom-tailored to be knocked down by those who oppose it. This version, in which a monkey one day wakes up as a person, persists, according to Humes, because the few teachers who actually address evolution gloss over it quickly, fearful of a backlash.

Here at Genome Technology, we've actually watched evolution in action using some six-month-old pad thai and a temperamental refrigerator. The organisms that emerged from our experiment now run the humor page in our print magazine.

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.