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Regulation Needs Some Heft

Regulatory science needs to be improved and given more strength, says Margaret Hamburg, the new FDA director. Blogger Michael Christel at R&D Direction Insider covered Hamburg's keynote address to the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society meeting and he writes that any changes "must be fully embraced in academic, industry, and government circles." Hamburg added, "We cannot afford to have a muscular investment in fundamental research and discovery but only a scrawny counterpart in regulatory capacity. Our efforts will be seriously compromised if we don't convincingly increase the sophistication of our regulatory science soon."

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.