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Hey, David Downer: Next Time, Try Some Optimism

David Baltimore, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, addressed his crowd at the AAAS annual meeting and said that "scientists are no further forward in developing a vaccine against HIV after more than 20 years of research," according to this BBC news article. He added that the "one shot" at success for this vaccine would come in the form of changing genes in stem cells, the article reports.

 

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.