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"That Is I/The Eternal Thing in Man/That Heeds No Call to Die"

If you've got a little bit of the poet in you, the Genomics Forum and the Scottish Poetry Library have teamed up to hold a genomics poetry competition. It's not so far-fetched — the Forum says that germ plasm theory inspired Thomas Hardy to write his poem 'Heredity.' Submit a poem no longer than 50 lines along the theme of "improving the human" and you could win the £500 first place prize. The deadline is October 7th — National Poetry Day in the UK — and the winner will be announced in November.

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.