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Jonathan Widom Dies

Jonathan Widom, a biochemist at Northwestern University has died, reports Nature. He was 55. Widom's research focused on nucleosomes, studying where nucleosomes were located and how the packaged DNA. At Nature, Rob Philips notes that at the time of Widom's death, he and his colleagues had developed a "groundbreaking chemical-mapping strategy using engineered histones to investigate this question and produce maps at base-pair resolution." Widom also led the Physical Sciences-Oncology Center at Northwestern. "Jon was much more than an outstanding scientist," said colleague Kelly Mayo in a Northwestern obituary. "He was a warm and caring friend who gave freely of his time, advice and expertise and a dedicated mentor who always gave credit to his 'troops,' his laboratory trainees."

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.