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Robert McCollum Dies

Robert McCollum, a viral researcher, has died, reports the New York Times. He was 85. McCollum was part of a team at Yale University in the 1950s that discovered that the polio virus circulated in the blood before entering the spinal column — a finding that paved the way for a vaccine, the Times notes. McCollum then studied hepatitis and was able to tell the difference between serum hepatitis from transfusions and infectious hepatitis. That work became controversial with accusations it was performed on mentally retarded children, though the main critic later said the work was done properly, the Times adds. McCollum moved on to become dean of Dartmouth Medical School. "Bob made substantive contributions to our understanding and the prevention of viral diseases that affect millions of people globally," Dartmouth's John Modlin says.

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.