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Sharing the Rewards

The Convention on Biological Diversity is set to meet soon in Japan to hammer out the details of a protocol on "access and benefit-sharing," reports Scientific American, which adds that "the aim is to ensure that the benefits resulting from researching animals, plants and microorganisms, such as the invention of new medicines or enhanced genes to improve crop varieties, are 'fairly and equitably shared' among the providers and users." The article continues that there are ethical and political reasons for having such a protocol in place as it would create partnerships between developing and industrialized countries that would spur commercialization as well as protect biodiversity.

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.