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It Sounded Like a Good Idea

The new, shorter forms from NIH may not be all they're cracked up to be, says The Scientist. With fewer pages to make their case for their work, better, more experienced writers may have an edge, not the young investigators the shorter forms are supposed to help. "[The new grant applications] are going to focus people's words, and I do think it will favor better writers," says the University of Pennsylvania Robert Kalb, who adds that "it frees the experienced investigator to not provide as much feasibility and preliminary data because they can just cite their previous publications."

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.