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Style at NIH

The New York Times profiles NIH Director Francis Collins and describes him as a meeting in the middle of previous directors Harold Varmus and Elias Zerhouni, at least style-wise. Zerhouni drove a Mercedes sports car and wore fancy suits while Varmus rode a bicycle and khakis. "With his high-end motorcycle, Dr. Collins seems to be splitting the difference between his predecessors. But he is distinctly in Dr. Varmus's camp on clothing," the Times notes, adding that identity and culture play an important role at NIH, as the director doesn't have much direct power.

"I'm a scientist, I'm one of them," Collins says. "I have a lab, just like Varmus did. I'm a pretty informal guy. I ride a Harley."

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.