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We Like to Think of This as One of Those "Creative Differences"

A report from the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services charges that the "National Institutes of Health do almost nothing to monitor the financial conflicts of university professors to whom it provides grants," says this story in the New York Times.

But the NIH stands strong on its laissez-faire attitude, the article adds; it quotes Norka Ruiz Bravo, NIH deputy director for extramural research, as saying, "For us to try to manage directly the conflict-of-interest of an NIH investigator would be not only inappropriate but pretty much impossible."

 

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.