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We'll Take It, But We'll Worry

While many universities in the US are thrilled about receiving stimulus funds, they are also wary of their potential pitfalls, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. One downside is that stimulus funds may be just another spike in NIH funding that won't last long-term. Another issue is that spending money on science won't immediately lead to solving the country's unemployment rate, and university presidents worry there may be a backlash. "We have to be very careful because if expectations are, 'Well, look, they spent all that money in two years and didn't produce,' and it undermines the long-term budgets, that would be very damaging," says Lehigh University President Alice Gast.

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.