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When It Comes To Blogging, Trackbacks Are Important, Too!

At A Blog Around the Clock, the online community manager over at PLoS ONE tallies up the number of comments already posted to the first Journal Club discussion this fall, led by Jonathan Eisen. In just one week, there've been three ratings, each with a comment, one trackback, seven annotations, and four discussions spurring 14 more comments. While GTO pointed out that some folks weren't so happy with the comment feature's functionality, Bora Zivkovic says to be patient, as they’re still working out all the bugs (and to contact the webmaster if you encounter one!). Over at business|bytes|genes|molecules, Deepak Singh comments on the ultimate utility of Topaz being in the trackback feature, arguing that PubMed should add a similar feature "that allows you to see in real time (and without having to go elsewhere) about the universe of conversation around a particular paper."

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.