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Nature in Brief

As usual, Nature is chock full of goodies this week.

Among the gems: In an editorial, the Nature team talks about the launch of a new section of essays designed to delve into the idea of "the interdisciplinary study of complex, dynamic systems." In the first such essay published in the journal, authors Nigel Goldenfeld and Carl Woese expound on the idea that "the emerging picture of microbes as gene-swapping collectives demands a revision of such concepts as organism, species and evolution itself," according to the summary by Nature.

In this news item, Nature reports on a new push by traditional scientific publishing companies (specifically, Elsevier, Wiley, and the American Chemical Society) to gear up for the battle against open access. The trio has retained a PR consultant to help with "media messaging" that would promote traditional peer-reviewed publications.

And here's a paper from a Johns Hopkins-based team studying signal transduction pathways. Lead author Fan Pan and colleagues identify an inhibitor of the Ras signaling pathway, confirmed by the use of siRNAs.


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.