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Ruth Kirschstein Dies

Ruth Kirschstein, a former deputy director at NIH, died. Kirschstein was 82. According to ScienceInsider, Kirschstein became the first woman to direct an NIH institute when she took the helm of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences in 1974. She later was deputy director of NIH for 6 years under Harold Varmus and twice was acting NIH director. "Ruth worked up to her last days. Last week, in fact, I was on a conference call with her, and her insightful contribution made it clear she had not missed a beat," NIH director Francis Collins says in a statement. He adds, "There are few at the NIH who have not been touched by her warmth, wisdom, interest, and mentorship.

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.