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If It's Wacky, It Just May Work

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced 81 recipients of its five-year, $100,000 global health research grants. Among the winners are Mass General's Mei Wu, who will be determining whether shooting a laser at someone's skin before giving a vaccine will boost immune response; University of Exeter researchers who want to see if magnets can be used to detect malaria parasite waste in human blood; and Rutgers' Eric Lam, who wants to try to use tomatoes to deliver antiviral drugs.

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.