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No More Chimps

The Institute of Medicine has released a report saying that invasive medical experiments on chimpanzees should stop, reports Wired Science's Brandon Keim. IOM's report says that the experiments inflict both physical and mental harm on the chimps, and can only be justified when there are no possible alternatives for experimentation. A 12-member IOM committee concluded that while the chimp has been a valuable animal model in the past, the emergence of new models and technologies has rendered use of the chimp unnecessary in most cases, Keim says. And while only suggestions IOM's recommendations often influence policy.

Shortly after the report's release, NIH Director Francis Collins announced that he has decided to accept the recommendations, Keim says. "The report recommended the NIH establish an independent oversight committee to evaluate each study, limiting biomedical experiments only to what is absolutely necessary and ensuring that all research is ethically conducted. No new research funding will be granted until the recommendations are in place," he adds.

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.