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Just a Complication

Data integration is such a headache, Neil Saunders blogs at What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate, because people have gotten wrapped up in collecting all possible data. "We've become so wrapped up in the minutiae of individual types of biological data that we've forgotten how it all fits together – or the point of collecting it all in the first place," he says. Instead, Saunders says simple descriptions of an experiment should be used. "My current model is called the feature-probe-value approach," he says, adding that his "hope is that storing data using this simple model should make it much easier to mine and analyse."

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.