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It's a Big Day for Open Access

Science Commons announced its new Protocol for Implementing Open Access Data, which is intended as "a method for ensuring that scientific databases can be legally integrated with one another," according to the statement. The protocol emerged from a year of meetings with scientists and representatives from a number of countries to help sort out the different public domain policies in effect. Next, Science Commons plans to launch a working group around the new protocol.


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.