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No Rest for the Dead (and Excommunicated)

Here's a BBC story about a team of scientists in Florence who want to exhume the remains of Galileo Galilei with the goal of testing his DNA to figure out why he went blind. They also plan to compare his DNA to that of the woman he's buried with to confirm that she's his daughter. But the rector of the basilica housing the remains opposes the idea, describing it as disrespectful, according to the article.

 

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.