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Looking for a Fire Sale

The Wall Street Journal says to expect "an uptick in acquisitions of small and midsize drug companies" but that large pharma companies are "not going on reckless shopping sprees." Bristol-Myers' Karen LaRochelle said that many in Big Pharma do have a bit of cash "and there's a lot of pressure for us to build our pipelines." Merck's Richard Kender adds that, due to the current market, deals that in the past may have been deemed "marginal" are now more likely.

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.