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We'll Fund You When You're Older

It's not just the lack of funds for research that is holding young scientists back, blogs DrugMonkey. True, NIH's flat funding doesn't help their cause, but he says there are also cultural biases against young researchers. His blog post includes figures that show the graying of the academic research force -- the average age of a PhD receiving their first NIH award has gone from mid-30s to early 40s. To resolve this bias, DrugMonkey suggests that study sections should try to fund investigators whose age represents that of the applicant pool.

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.