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Potential Culprits: Vaccines, Bad Mothers, and Witchcraft

The Wall Street Journal this weekend included a piece from Roy Richard Grinker, a professor at George Washington University. Grinker writes about testimony he's been listening to lately on autism, pointing out the significant disconnect between what people perceive to be the cause of the disorder and what science has actually proven so far. You're not going to find info here on large-scale biology or even any references to the fabled 'omics, but Grinker's case that science is increasingly at odds with popular opinion (thanks largely to websites that pass on beliefs with seeming authority) is certainly worth some contemplation.

 

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.