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Politics, Strange Bedfellows, and All That

Here's a twist you didn't see coming: fresh off his forced retirement due to comments about black people being inherently less intelligent than white people, James Watson has contributed the maximum funds allowed to US presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign, according to this blog post from Bob Grant at The Scientist.

Grant says other prominent scientists making contributions include Harold Varmus, who donated to Obama, Clinton, and Richardson, and Craig Venter, who has donated to both Clinton and Obama.

 

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.