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Now That's a Prize

MIT's Robert Langer has won the Finnish Millennium Technology Prize for his work on polymers. One of his most notable early achievements was developing a polymer that allowed drug molecules encased in a pill to easily pass into a patient's system. His work led to improved treatment for cancer, the founding of many succeeding biotech companies, and the development of all kinds of new biomaterials. Among those shortlisted for the prize of €800,000, says the BBC article, was Sir Alec Jeffreys, creator of DNA fingerprinting.

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.