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Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

At Bioinformatics Zen, Michael Barton wonders why he should write good software -- after all, he's not developing it for commercial use. He says, though, that the commercial principles of unit testing, automated building, and source control should be applied to scientific software development. "Investing 10% extra time in developing versatile and maintainable code saves time later when large changes are required," he writes.

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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.