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Nature Conjured This One Up All on Her Own

Perhaps trying to keep the Jenny McCarthys of the world at bay, the World Health Organization took time out to announce that "the swine flu virus did not result from a laboratory accident" despite "rumors started by an Australian virologist," according to the New York Times. WHO Deputy Director Keiji Fukuda is quoted as saying, "We took this very seriously. ... But the evidence suggests that this is a naturally occurring virus, not a laboratory-derived virus."

In other public health news, President Obama named New York City Health Department Commissioner Thomas Frieden to head up the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rich Bessler, who has been acting director, will go back to his normal job of overseeing the Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response, the Los Angeles Times says.

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.