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Society to Scientists: We'd Like a Little Time to Think About It

New York Times covers the increasing ethics debate around advances such as nanotechnology, which in the public eye isn't necessarily as promising as it might be to those in the scientific field. Long-term consequences of such powerful technology could be detrimental, as the argument goes. According to the article, some scientists are calling for the kind of meetings and ethical debates that ensued in the mid-70s "when the immense power of [the] emerging knowledge of gene-splicing or recombinant DNA began to dawn on [the research community]."

 

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.