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A New Look at Evidence Against Lab Tech, But No Light Shed on Murder Motive

The New York Times has an update on the laboratory technician charged with the murder of Annie Le, the Yale graduate student killed in September. According to police, Raymond Clark III allegedly "tried to conceal blood-splattered tissues from university detectives." Police affidavits were released today, revealing that "investigators who went through the lab building discovered a sock with two batches of DNA — his and hers — with her body. The sock was 'similar' to another sock concealed in a ceiling panel where they found blood work boots labeled 'Ray-C.' The investigators also concluded that there had been blood on a wall in the lab, but that it had been washed off," the article says.

Despite the DNA and other evidence, however, the story says that Clark has been refusing to answer questions about the strangling. "Chief James Lewis of the New Haven police said detectives might never be able to piece together the story behind the slaying or explain the motive, a gap that physical evidence alone could not fill in," the article 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.