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Running Around the CDC

A year into leading the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Thomas Frieden "has quietly scrapped nearly all the administrative changes that the previous director, Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, spent much of her six-year tenure conceiving and carrying out," says the New York Times. Among Frieden's priorities is improving the center's ability to track disease and support local governments as well as encouraging people to quit smoking and get treatment for high blood pressure. "I think he's doing a great job," former CDC director Jeffrey Koplan tells the Times. "He is setting priorities and sticking to them."

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.