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Unfortunately, Watson Isn't the Only Nobel Nutjob

Not only has James Watson subscribed to off-color ideas, so have other past Nobel laureates, says this New York Times article. Watson's co-winner, Francis Crick, wanted to experiment on prisoners to advance neuroscience. Kary Mullis plugged the benefits of LSD and astrology while doubting global warming and that HIV causes AIDS. Fred Hoyle provided ammunition to creationists when he compared the likelihood of a cell arising through evolution to “a tornado sweeping through a junkyard” to assemble a plane. Finally, Brian Josephson said that quantum physics would lead to an understanding of telepathy.

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.