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Patricia Clarke Dies

British biochemist Patricia Clarke died last month, reports the Guardian. She was 90. Clarke studied microbial biochemistry at University College London and one of her major projects looked into toxins made by Clostridium oedomatiens. Clarke was part of a committee that recommended steps to encourage women to pursue science. "[For women,] children are not an impossible barrier to successful careers in science, but it does help to have flexibility in conditions of employment and good childcare and nursery provision," Clarke wrote in the Guardian after the recommendations came out in 1994. "High standard nursery education benefits the whole national economy by avoiding the loss of all qualified people.

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.