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Penny Wise and Pound Foolish?

Over at Thoughts from Kansas, Joshua Rosenau blogs about proposed budget cuts in California that would take a toll on education, specifically science classes. "When Governor Schwarzenegger proposes boosting class sizes, then, he is proposing to consign California's students to worse employment prospects. He risks their shot at starting the next great business, of inventing the next great leap forward," Rosenau writes. "Cutting funding for science classes in particular is especially egregious. ... Given the importance of biotech and high tech to the California economy, this plan amounts to eating our seed corn."

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.