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The Problem With Serendipity: It's Not Always Memorable

MIT is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking RNA research conducted by biophysicist Alexander Rich. According to the news clip, Rich announced in 1956 in the Journal of the American Chemical Society that single strands of RNA can spontaneously join together to form double-stranded molecules. Despite the seemingly memorable occasion, Rich, who made the discovery by mixing two strands of RNA together, can’t quite recall how it all came together. "I've asked my colleagues and searched through my memory, and I don't actually know," he's quoted as saying.

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.