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Review Process (The Known Evil) v. DIY Web Publishing (The Unknown)

On her Adventures in Ethics and Science blog, Janet Stemwedel posts on some trends indicating a decline in peer-reviewed papers (fair warning: this decline has been spotted in the economics realm, but it's still an interesting lesson for scientists). Stemwedel discusses some of the practical problems of peer review, as well as the problems associated with skirting the review process and posting research, for instance, on a personal website instead.

 

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.