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The Search for Friends Far, Far Away

As many a discredited scientist can attest, it can be a real challenge to focus your experiments on the search for extraterrestrial life and still be taken seriously by the scientific community.

Fortunately for Gary Ruvkun, that seems to be a challenge he's overcome. His longtime efforts in this area have the support of people like Nobel winner Wally Gilbert, as this article from the Boston Globe points out. The story profiles Ruvkun's latest work to develop a sensor that would look for DNA on Mars.

 

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.