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Taking on H5N1

NIH announced that a vaccine for H5N1 avian flu designed by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has entered clinical trials. The DNA-based vaccine is the first to start human trials, according to NIH. If all goes well with this vaccine, it could help pave the way for development of other DNA-based, rather than virus-based, vaccines.

 

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.