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Open Access Someday

Open access to scientific papers will occur eventually, says Philip Campbell, editor-in-chief of Nature, The Guardian reports. "My personal belief is that that's what's going to happen in the long run," Campbell said at session on open access at the Science Media Centre. Campbell added that he has found that reading and researching open-access papers has been a "very compelling" experience. However, Campbell noted that if gold-level open access — in which authors pay a fee to have their work made freely available immediately — becomes common, it could cost more than $10,000 to publish an article in Nature or some other prestigious journals.

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.