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In Memoriam

Nobel Prize winner Thomas Weller died August 23 at his home in Massachusetts, reports the New York Times. He was 93. Weller specialized in tropical medicine and won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1954 with two colleagues for their work applying tissue culture research to studying viruses that enabled the development of the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines. Weller later studied schistosomiasis, varicella zoster viruses, and the German measles.

Chris Curtis' colleagues remember his work as a medical entomologist. Curtis worked on developing ways to control insect vectors for tropical diseases such as malaria and elephantiasis. He also developed mathematical models of insecticide resistance that are still being used. Curtis was 63 and had cancer.

 

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.