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This Week in Science: Jan 2, 2009

In a news focus, Science looks into the roles that science advisers have played in US administrations. How effective a science adviser is, the article says, depends on the relationship with the rest of the White House and with the scientific community. "It requires grace and intelligence and sharp elbows," Rodney Nichols, the former president of the New York Academy of Sciences, says.

Pacific Biosciences researchers say they have obtained single-molecule, real-time sequencing data by using DNA polymerase undergoing uninterrupted template-directed synthesis and four differentially, fluorescently-labeled deoxyribonucleoside triphosphates. They report a median accuracy rate of 99.3 percent.

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.