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Happy Open Access Day

It's Open Access Day and people all over are discussing why they favor open access. Neil Saunders says there are a lot of reasons that scientific and medical research should be open access. He writes:

(i)The world pays for the research and shouldn't have to pay again to view the results. (ii) Scientists should be accountable - exactly what are we doing with your tax dollars? (iii) When information is free, many eyes can look at it and many eyes = more ideas than fewer eyes.

Jonathan Eisen, open access advocate extraordinaire, posted a video of a talk he gave at the University of Washington in which he discusses, among other topics, what convinced him to go open access.

 

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.