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More Woes for the Stem Cell Initiative In California

David Hamilton at Venture Beat covers the latest events at CIRM, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. While the $3 billion stem cell program has started disbursing funds to scientists, bad news continues to hound the endeavor. Most recently, Arlene Chiu, the interim chief scientific officer, resigned unexpectedly, Hamilton writes. Her departure follows on the heels of the resignation earlier this year of Zach Hall, CIRM's first president. Since then, the institute has had trouble filling its top position, and recently announced that Richard Murphy would temporarily take over. Guess it's proof that even having tons of money can't make things go smoothly.

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.