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Narrowing the Focus

A group of more than 50 researchers and policy-makers led by scientists at the University of Cambridge in the UK have come together to create a list of "40 key unanswered questions" in order to help governments around the world shape the focus of their scientific agendas, reports Nature News' Daniel Cressey. Published recently in PLoS One, "the questions are grouped into six broad themes, such as 'understanding the role of scientific evidence in policymaking' and 'democratic governance of scientific advice,'" Cressey says. "The questions themselves include 'Under what conditions does scientific evidence legitimize political decisions?' and 'What impact has research on the relationship between science and policy actually had on science policy?'"

The team says it hopes the questions help those responsible for setting agendas understand where to focus their efforts, and adds that, while its list of questions isn't definitive, it does open up the floor for future discussions.

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.