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He Got Sidetracked by the Fabrication

In an ironic twist, discredited stem cell scientist Hwang Woo Suk might have actually performed a biological first. Instead of having isolated stem cells from a cloned human embryo as he claimed, an analysis of Hwang's work, published in Cell Stem Cell, shows that his lab made parthenogenic stem cells — thought to be incredibly difficult in humans. Team leader George Daley told the BBC, "Unfortunately at the time they published their work they did not know what they had done so they had mistakenly isolated these parthenogenic embryonic stem cells, and yet misrepresented them as true clones.

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.