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The Tall, Passive-Aggressive Ivory Tower

Both Maria Brumm at the Green Gabbro and Janet Stemwedel at Adventures in Ethics and Science discuss their love/hate relationship with academia. For Brumm, she can no longer remember, as she puts the finishing touches on her master's thesis, why she wanted a research career, but has realized she needs to keep everything in perspective and that her five-year plan could change. Stemwedel is further along in her career but can still relate. "I've heard that some people are very good at maintaining a clear distinction between what they do and who they are. I have a feeling most of those people aren't in academia," she writes.

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.