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Science Trumps Politics -- at Least in Theory

In this Q&A with Nina Fedoroff, science adviser to the US secretary of state, topics run from genetically modified food to the need for scientific advocacy in government. Fedoroff's take on GM food is simple: "There’s almost no food that isn’t genetically modified. Genetic modification is the basis of all evolution." As for science in government, Fedoroff makes the case that scientific alliances can succeed where other kinds of diplomacy fail -- "because science is more collaborative than other types of endeavors," she tells the New York Times. "It aspires to more democratic principles than many political systems because we have an external reference."

 

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.