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Robbing Peter to Pay ... Rover?

According to this BBC news article, the British government is taking back £68 million pledge to research programs -- particularly hitting scientific and medical investigations -- in order to pay for the collapse of the Rover car company and nuclear-related costs in the country.

The article quotes Julia Goodfellow, head of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, as saying, "Science innovation and research is about the medium to long term. If you start cutting it because of a short-term need then you have real problems." Hear, hear.

 

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.