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As I Understand It, Embryonic Stem Cells are Delivered by a Stork

Lawrence Krauss, a science professor at Case Western Reserve University, has a commentary piece in the Wall Street Journal calling for -- of all things -- a solid grasp of science in the next US president. He notes that in an early Republican debate this year, three candidates said they did not believe in evolution; in the next debate, candidate "Mike Huckabee explained that he was running for president of the US, not writing the curriculum for an eighth-grade science book, and therefore the issue was unimportant," according to the essay. (Good save, Mike. Good save.)

Krauss is a member of a group called ScienceDebate2008, which he says will call for a "presidential debate devoted to science and technology" covering three topics: health and medicine, environment, and science/tech policy. Now that's one debate GTO would actually tune in for.


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.