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Rationale Not to Use in Life: If It's Pretty, It Must Be Right

It's not exactly breaking news, but this post at the Evilutionary Biologist blog has an interesting take on what happened in the science of DNA structure immediately after Watson and Crick published their now-famous model. "The race was on to empirically demonstrate its correctness because, in fact, Watson and Crick's model had precious little going for it other than the fact that it was so damned pretty," writes John Denney. He chronicles the work of Matt Meselson and Frank Stahl, who used E. coli in their creative efforts to prove the model.

 

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.