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Six Months for a Ph.D.?

Blogger David Ng wonders how long it would have taken him to get his doctorate if all his experiments had worked beautifully the first time around. Leaving aside course requirements for graduation, Ng estimates that he could have finished in six months, instead of five years, so he concludes that it is perfectly normal for things in the sciences not to work.

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.