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Science and Politics Under the Fume Hood

Already the poster child for how a major biomedical research facility can become a patronage playground for political hacks, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey is the gift that keeps on giving. The latest report from Newark's Star-Ledger newspaper details, among other fiscal tragedies, a $21 million bioterrorism lab approved in 2003 that remains unbuilt and a nine-story, $110 million cancer center that is mostly empty because no one thought to provide any operating funds.

With research funding stagnant and post-docs twisting in the wind it is all the more excruciating to witness this political farce. We have to laugh to keep from crying.

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.