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Lessons from Kindergarten that Still Make Sense: Share and Share Alike

Check out this essay in today's New York Times for a biostatistician's perspective on sharing cancer data. Andrew Vickers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center writes that "given the enormous physical, emotional and financial toll of cancer, one might expect researchers to promote the free and open exchange of information." However, Vickers says his own experience is that researchers are reluctant to share data -- and he cites specific examples of how sharing data could have made a difference in patient care. He says that data from cancer patients "ought to belong to all of us. Yet cancer researchers typically treat it as their personal property."

 

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.