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A Tip from GTO: No Decaf During Coffee Breaks

Phil Bourne is senior author on this paper from PLoS Computational Biology, "Ten Simple Rules for Organizing a Scientific Meeting." Among the rules outlined in the paper: "The Science Is the Most Important Thing," "Allow for Plenty of Planning Time," and "Carefully Select Your Key Helpers: the Organizing Committees." The authors encourage scientists at all career stages to get involved in helping organize meetings. While you may not be planning your own event, at least brushing up on good practices will give you something to write about on those feedback forms that conference organizers are always asking you to fill out.

 

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.