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What's Bigger, Operating Cost or Number of Authors?

Big Science may be making headway according to scientists, but an article in US News and World Report disparages the whoppingly expensive Cancer Genome Project as only being a pilot that hasn't quite gotten off the ground due to flat funding and "cultural resistance to strategically directed big science." With a budget of $100 million, TCGA is "a costly effort even by genomics standards," writes Daniel MacArthur at Genetic Future. But, "it's hard to think of a recent Big Science project in human genetics that hasn't exceeded expectations, to the horror of its inevitable early detractors," he says.

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.