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This Lab Project Needs a Hack

Over at Science in the Open, Cameron Neylon poses a challenge to readers following on Jonathan Eisen's Friendfeed discussion about "what an electronic research record should look like." Neylon voices support for "simple systems that make it very easy to capture digital research objects as they are created and easy-to-use tools that make it straightforward to connect these objects up." But thinking theoretically about how to pull all this information together in a feasible manner is one thing -- Neylon wants to move this debate into the prove-it realm. "What about building something this weekend at ScienceHackDay?" he writes. He contends that a couple of pieces -- DropBox and Freebase, for instance -- might be commandeered to accomplish this, and lays out a plan of attack to urge readers to get involved.

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.