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Not So Fast With the Biofuels

In a new report, researchers from the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina say that crops should only be used to generate a small amount of energy, reports ScienceInsider. The panel of experts argues that there are a number of drawbacks to biofuels, including competition with food crops, adverse effects on ecosystems through nutrient depletion and subsequent fertilizer use, and emissions. "Rather, Germany should concentrate on other renewable energy sources such as solar heat, photovoltaics, and wind energy, whose area demand, [greenhouse gas] emissions, or other environmental impacts are lower than those of bioenergy," the report says. "Energy conservation and energy efficiency improvements should have priority."

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.