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That's Great, But Does It Grow Euros?

This Thursday, officials will gather in Namur, Belgium, to plant the EuroTree. Kicked off four years ago, the EuroTree project aims to "celebrate the writing of the European Constitution, the arrival of new countries into the EU, and to remind ourselves of the importance of the European project [in] the first place," writes Marc Vidal of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

In a ceremony that will be presided over by Minister Philippe Busquin and Fotis Kafatos, the EuroTree is to be planted in soil gathered from all 27 countries comprising the EU (John Sulston, for instance, brandished the shovel on behalf of the UK). Now there's a soil sample that would make a great community sequencing project.

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.