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'Overstatement' in the Anthrax Case

According to a review by a National Academy of Science panel, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation "overstated the strength of genetic analysis" connecting the anthrax used in the 2001 mail attacks to microbiologist Bruce Ivins, The New York Times reports. The Academy says the analysis "did not definitively demonstrate" that the spores came from Ivins's Fort Detrick lab, though it does say it was "consistent with and supports an association" between the samples. In a statement, the FBI said that the scientific evidence was just one part of its investigation. "The totality of the evidence incriminating Dr. Ivins is overwhelming," an FBI investigator tells the Times. However, Ivins's colleagues at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases have long said that he is innocent. Ivins committed suicide in 2008.

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.