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At Least Something Good Came Out of Those Hedge Funds

Caltech cell biologist Alexander Varshavsky is the winner of the first Gotham Prize for Cancer Research, which comes with a hefty $1 million award, according to this story in the Wall Street Journal. The prize was created last year by hedge-fund managers Robert Goldstein and Joel Greenblatt with epidemiologist Gary Curhan at Harvard. Varshavsky's winning approach is "deletion-specific targeting, which seeks to identify the lack of certain DNA segments in cancer cells, and to target and kill only the cancer cells that are missing this DNA," the article says.


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.