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Robert Crane Dies

Robert Crane — the Washington University of St. Louis biochemist who helped discover how the body absorbs salt and sugar — has died, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. He was 90. Crane's work helped provide a scientific basis of oral-rehydration therapy, which is used to treat cholera, the Chronicle adds. In an interview given several months before his death to the American Physiological Society, Crane had this advice for young scientists: "Work hard, focus, don't fear making a mistake, pay attention to the possibility that you could be right, although most frequently you'll be wrong, and for that, you'll need a lot of resistance to frustration."

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.