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Over the weekend, President-elect Obama announced that Harold Varmus and Eric Lander would chair the Presidential Council of Advisers on Science and Technology. In addition to being a winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize in medicine and NIH director from 1993 until 2000, Varmus supports open-access and a "global science corps." According to SciAm, he and Lander have both supported increased funding for the sciences.

At the New York Times' Dot Earth, Andy Revkin is taking readers' questions that he will forward on to the Obama science team. His own question is: "What do they plan to do to invigorate the country’s innovation pipeline, from the classroom to the lab to the boardroom?"

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.