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Norman Borlaug Dies

Norman Borlaug, a plant scientist and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, died. He was 95. Borlaug bred high-yielding crops that increased food production in Mexico, India, and Pakistan, and then throughout the world. According to the New York Times, Borlaug is "credited with saving hundreds of millions of lives" as well as "altering the course of history." "He knew what it was they needed to do, and he didn't give up," says Gary Toenniessen, the director of agricultural programs for the Rockefeller Foundation. "He could just see that this was the answer."

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.