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Time to Screen Your Sample Suppliers

This article from the New York Times details a story of the Karitiana Indians, an Amazon tribe in Brazil that agreed to let researchers collect blood samples from them in exchange for promises of medicine. They never saw the medicine, they say, and instead recently discovered that "their blood and DNA collected during that first visit are being sold by an American concern to scientists around the world for $85 a sample," according to the article. "They want the practice stopped, and are demanding compensation for what they describe as the violation of their personal integrity."

 

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.