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Humans: The Grandest Challenge of All

Technology Review has an interview with Lee Hood, who apparently was once considered "something of a maverick," according to the article (sorry, Lee, we can't all be full-fledged mavericks like Craig Venter). Hood says, "One of the grand challenges in systems biology is to move from simple, single-celled model organisms up to higher organisms -- flies and worms, eventually to mice, and ultimately to humans."

 

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.