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But, We Already Knew Life Was Complex

At Wired blogs, Brandon Keim talks about the non-linear dynamics of evolution -- or rather, he lets us read an excerpt from his interview with microbiologist and author, Carl Woese. A growing number of scientists, Keim writes, see the jumps in biological complexity to be at odds with Darwinian evolution. To that end, he's writing an article on the topic and over the next few posts will publish excerpts from his interviews. Systems biology is ever apparent: "Linear thinking is not the kind of thinking that's needed to study evolution. It doesn't help you understand the nature of systems," Woese said.

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.