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Is It Time for a Coffee Break Yet?

Odyssey at Pondering Blather discusses his distaste for data-mining bioinformatics talks and poster presentations. The underlying issue, the blogger suggests, is that many bioinformatics-based projects suffer from "a lack of imagination and a disconnection from the underlying biology." This could be partly because the field is "still at a stage where method development trumps method application," Odyssey says. In a comment to this post, blogger Prof-like Substance says that his "impression is that there are very few individuals who have been 'brought up' at the intersection of biology and computer science/math in the way that allows for the really meaningful integration of them."

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.