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This Week in Science: Mar 16, 2007

The latest issue of Science is out and here are a few items that may be of interest:

In the ScienceScope section, a brief news item reports that scientists are of two minds about open-access journals. According to a poll done by researchers from Munich University in Germany and the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, researchers like the idea of open-access journals as readers but believe that, as authors, publishing in such a journal may hurt their chances for tenure.

MicroRNAs get a bit of glory in this issue with a couple of papers highlighting their function. Christine Mayr et al. at MIT report that the loss of miRNA repression of an oncogene leads to tumorigenesis. Also, lead author Robinson Triboulet, from the Institut de Génétique Humaine in Montpellier, France, shows that, when replicating, HIV-1 suppresses an miRNA pathway that is thought to be involved in silencing DNA and RNA viruses.

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.