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Scientist 'til the Day You Die

Larry Moran wonders what makes someone a scientist. He thinks to achieve that title the person needs to be an "'expert' in some area of science." In the comments, there are a few different takes; primarily saying it is what someone does that matters. Moran also clarifies, "I think of a scientist as someone who is an expert in some field of the natural sciences and whose full-time profession is doing science where 'doing' can include teaching about science, writing about science, and even administration work related to science."

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.