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Science Near the Chesapeake

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley announced an initiative to invest $1.1 billion in the state's bioscience industry. Over the next decade, he sees the money going toward tax credits, supporting start-ups, and funding stem cell research. O'Malley also wants to create a Maryland Biotechnology Center to accommodate academic, private, and state ventures. "These are not flash-in-the pan investments," says O'Malley, according to the Washington Post. "They are a continuation of the actions taken through many generations of work, to make us one of the strongest states in the union."

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.