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At Least They Didn't Call it 'Spawn'

A New York Times article introduces Spore, a new video game that lets players model the step-by-step evolution of creatures they build. Created by Sims designer Will Wright and produced by game giant EA, Spore "promises much more than the day-to-day adventures of simulated people," writes Carl Zimmer.

"We wanted to convey the sense that evolution can bring up a surprising diversity of weird, interesting, strange things," Wright 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.