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In Support

Francis Collins appeared before Congress yesterday to advocate for the proposed fiscal year 2011 budget for the National Institutes of Health, notes Writedit at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship. The 2011 budget proposed by President Barack Obama includes $32 billion for NIH and Collins says that those funds would help researchers conduct biomedical research. "Science is not a 100-yard dash. It is a marathon — a marathon run by a relay team that includes researchers, patients, industry experts, lawmakers, and the public," Collins said to the House subcommittee. Writedit adds that most of Collins' remarks "were of the fluffy, feel-good variety," but that he closed with some interesting points — namely that biomedical research helps power the US economy. Among the statistics Collins quoted were that, in 2007, an average NIH grant supported seven high-tech jobs, that "between 1982 and 2006, one-third of all drugs and nearly 60 percent of promising new molecular entities approved by the FDA cited either an NIH-funded publication or an NIH patent, and that research funded by NIH has led to gains in US life expectancy.

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.