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A Master's for Science Professionals

The number of schools offering a professional science master's degree is inching upwards, reports The New York Times. The degree, which requires a combination of science and management classes and often an internship, was offered at 108 schools this year, up from 58 in 2008. "It's interdisciplinary. It's a hybrid, which I think is more agile. It's responsive to rapidly changing needs in terms of the job market," says David King, a dean at the State University of New York in Oswego. However, the Times adds that the degree has not caught on at the more prestigious universities in the US and there are only three programs outside the US. According to Carol Lynch from the Council of Graduate Schools, faculty members often reply: "Why should you bother me by introducing a new master's degree when I'm already busy with what I'm doing with the Ph.D.'s,?"

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.