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But How Will We Entertain Ourselves Without Those Down-to-the-Notebook Patent Lawsuits?

Derek Lowe is all for the patent bill that just made its way through the US House of Representatives. As it is now, HR 1908 and the Senate version, S. 1145, would change the patent system so that the US would be a first-to-file country, but Lowe says most of the arguing is over how easy it will be to get a patent and then how easy it will be to challenge those patents.

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.