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What About Ethics?

A group of doctors, medical ethicists, and others sent NIH director Francis Collins a letter yesterday urging the NIH "to fund studies on medical ethics, conflicts of interest in medicine and research, and prescribing behavior." The 96 authors add that moving research funded by NIH "into clinical practice is strongly affected by the complex web of relationships that exists among industry, academicians, medical educators and clinicians." The letter was organized by PharmedOut, an independent project run by Georgetown University's Adriane Fugh-Berman and she told ScienceInsider that many ethics research projects aren't funded by NIH. "I think that NIH has thought that it doesn't comes under their domain, and the trouble is that it doesn't come under anybody's domain," she says.

The Hastings Center's Thomas Murray, who did not sign the letter, says that Collins may consider the request. "The letter is actually quite gentle and modest in what it requests," he says to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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.