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Maybe It'll Let Them Pay Attention to Consumer Genomics

FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach has written Congress a letter asking for $275 million in increased funding for the agency, according to an article in the International Herald Tribune. Bowing to pressure from both Democrats and Republicans, the money will allow the opening of new foreign offices, increased inspections, and the construction of new databases to track drug hazards. "In 30 years at the agency, I never saw anything like this happen before," said William Hubbard, a former deputy FDA commissioner.

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.