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The community's abuzz with the news that Francis Collins will step down from his post as director of NHGRI effective August 1. Collins cited the passage of the GINA bill, something he's championed for years, as key to his decision to leave now, according to this article from Scientific American. Up next, he says he plans to spend time writing about personalized medicine or advising for science policy. He'll stay on as an unpaid volunteer in his NHGRI lab, which will be run by Lawrence Brody.

Jonathan Eisen, who says Collins would be a natural science advisor for one of the US presidential candidates, considers the top 10 other things he could do. GTO's favorites: sequence Jesus's genome, join Dancing with the Stars, and start a blog.

And RPM at evolgen started a thread about who'll be the new NHGRI director, speculating that Eric Green, David Haussler, Elaine Ostrander, Bill Gahl, Alan Guttmacher, Eric Lander, and others could be possible replacements.

GTO would love to see NHGRI's short list. If you had to make a bet, who do you think would be the new NHGRI director?

 

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.