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They Can't Do It Alone

Adaptive Complexity's Michael White thinks that the presidential candidates need to think about appointing a chief science adviser as soon as possible, according to a report from the National Academies. In order to have the best advice possible handy, the next administration needs to hit the ground running, he says. While the science advisor doesn’t necessarily get to handpick science and technology administrative heads, "the political guys, if they are interested in reality-based government, should have input from a real scientist when making these decisions."

 

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.