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Have We Learned Nothing?

In his blog for Technology Review, David Ewing Duncan swoops in to remind scientists that the Cancer Genome Atlas isn't the first large-scale project to receive the kind of criticism reported in Newsweek. Recalling the community's initial reaction to the Human Genome Project, Duncan writes, "Many geneticists thought the idea of spending billions to map every nook and cranny of the human genome was a colossal waste of time and money."

 

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.