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The Heavy-Hitter Issue

Discover names its "10 Most Influential People in Science," including a number of scientists who have made their mark in this community. Bioethicist Arthur Caplan is credited for sorting "through the ethical traps of science for the United Nations, the National Institutes of Health, the president of the United States," and more. Craig Venter is noted for his "audacity" and his unorthodox approaches to scientific problems. "With his successes, Venter now inspires everyone from Nobel laureates to untenured professors to launch start-ups, streamlining the path to discovery and racking up profits along the way," the article says. And Harold Varmus is cited for his work on the origin of retroviral genes, his administrative success at NIH, and his latest challenge, "an attempt to overhaul the system of publishing research in journals so that all papers are freely available on the Internet."

And speaking of Varmus, here's a fun article from the New Yorker reporting on a "Genes & Jazz" presentation Varmus and his son delivered at the Guggenheim Museum recently. "He offered a primer on cell biology, evolution, and cancer, all to the accompaniment of a jazz quintet under the direction of his son Jacob, a thirty-five-year-old trumpeter and composer," says the story, which focuses on the father/son dynamic.

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.