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Re-Writing Grants is Not the Same as Curing Disease

A new report released today stresses that continual flat funding at the NIH is hurting young researchers the most, says this article at Environmental News Network. The 20-page report, titled "A Broken Pipeline? Flat Funding of the NIH Puts a Generation of Science at Risk," profiles 12 junior researchers who are struggling to secure funding for biomedical research. "... it appears that junior investigators may be having the toughest time in this fiscal climate. They're competing for funding with established researchers, who are their mentors, and finding that the financial support just isn't there, or that they can't afford to support themselves while writing and rewriting grant proposals," said Robert Golden, dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

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.