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Here's to the Taxonome

Scientists behind the Species 2000 project aim to catalog some 1.75 million species on the planet. According to this news item, the team recently hit a milestone with the addition to the database of the millionth species.

As the article points out, thousands of new species are discovered each year. On behalf of the diligent crew at Species 2000, GTO asks that anyone who stumbles across a new species in the next few years keep it to themselves until the catalog is finished. Really. These people deserve to be done at some point, don't they?


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.