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NIH Can Do Better

DrugMonkey answers questions that a blogger posted regarding underrepresented faculty and the NIH's policies on increasing funding for them. He says that underrepresentation of many ethnic minorities goes all up and down the academic ranks, not just at the PI level and suggests minorities check out the NIH program called Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. Basically, "if you hold one of the many research grant types and have a minority candidate in mind, you can get additional monies by asking," he says. Still, NIH isn't doing enough. "Monetary support is always helpful, make no mistake. But if the NIH wanted to get serious about this, there are better ways."


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.