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Just When You Thought It Was Safe

Wired has an article warning scientists that proposed rules for government funding of embryonic stem cell research from the Obama administration could make "hundreds of existing cell lines ... ineligible, even those that qualified under President Bush." The story says the guidelines, which are in draft form now, were written by NIH and are expected to be finalized in July. "In their current state, [the rules] restrict funding to stem cell lines produced according to new rules that are only now being established. Few existing cell lines will meet those requirements," the story adds.

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.