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Remember When He Was Just a Maverick?

It was only a matter of time before people started bandying about the "God" term in connection with Craig Venter. (We were just surprised at who said it first.) In the latest issue of The Atlantic Monthly, writer Ross Douthat profiles Venter and his latest endeavors in synthetic biology in an article titled "The God of Small Things." This link to the article will let you see a decent-sized preview; a subscription is required to read the full piece.

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.