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Or 280 Billion Haagen-Dazs Bars

If you had the choice between buying 32,407 Alvin submarines or bailing out the US economy, what would you do? (We know, it's a tough call.) Jonathan Eisen tries to get his head around the $700 billion bailout effort here in the US by blogging about what else that money could buy. His list includes: 280,000 liters of Taq polymerase, 538 million open access fees for publishing in PLoS One, and registration fees for 350 million people to go to the AGBT meeting in Marco Island. That would be one crowded plenary session.


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.