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This Week in Science: Feb 16, 2007

Today in Science, there are several pieces worth reading.

In a news item, Science reports on a talk from John Marburger, science adviser to US President George W. Bush. Marburger's message is not one systems bio scientists will be eager to hear: as the article paraphrases it, "Biomedical scientists need to curb their appetite for federal funding."

This letter won't add to your scientific acumen, but it will give you a chuckle. Richard McDonald from Genovar Bioscience wants to know, "Who is et al.?"

In a paper from lead author Benjamin Ohlstein at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, scientists describe a stem cell from the Drosophila intestine that produce three types of offspring cells rather than the usual two.

And in this paper, a team from Harvard and the Joint Genome Institute report on the genome of the Calyptogena magnifica chemoautotrophic symbiont.


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.