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Plans for the NIH

Francis Collins appeared on C-SPAN's Newsmakers to discuss his priorities for NIH, which include translating basic genetic findings into the clinic, a global health agenda, and developing a scientific basis for healthcare reform. Collins goes on to discuss how NIH can foster more research in comparative effectiveness, which he says really doesn't have any tension with personalized medicine, the recently-approved stem cells lines, and the potential for "harmony between science and faith." He later touches on ghostwriting and says that grantees and institution "need to be more forthcoming about disclosure."

HT: The Scientist

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.