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That's Not to Say the Money Has Done Any Harm

Derek Lowe at In the Pipeline blogs about some shifts at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where millions of dollars in public health grants haven't necessarily led to the breakthroughs hoped for when the organization began. According to Lowe, the foundation is switching course away from the milestone-specific, highly supervised grants of the past few years to more pie-in-the-sky grants for infectious disease. Lowe says that the big-picture lesson here is that no matter how much money you pour into the field, there just aren't simple solutions for these major health concerns.


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.