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So... It's Not Flat?

Richard Thaler at Edge asks people for their favorite examples of wrong scientific beliefs, such as the world being flat and more. Scripps' Eric Topol responds that in medical school he was taught that one cells differentiated into heart muscle or nerves that they can never regenerate. "Wrong!! Enter the stem cell and regenerative medicine era," he adds. Derek Lowe names the four humors theory of physiology and that bad air caused infectious disease. "To me, the story of science has been the story of augmenting our perceptions, and realizing that they had to be augmented in the first place" Lowe says.

HT: Discoblog

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.