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Is Innovation Dying...and Why?

In the Columbia Journalism Review's blog, Curtis Brainard critiques several recent articles that examine the current state of scientific and technological innovation in the US. A New York Times Magazine cover story and a recent profile of William Wulf, the former head of the National Academy of Engineering, point out that our “innovation ecology” is broken and that patent laws discourage innovation, especially when it comes to scientific and biomedical discovery. Another article in The Scientist looks at the ROI in academic research and development, questioning just how to determine what is good, or bad, payback to consumers.


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.