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When You Can't Find a Placenta, Go to Norway

Following on our post about how to isolate stem cells from a placenta, this news report from the AP gives hope to scientists who think maybe, just maybe, human placentas don't grow on trees. According to the article, the Norwegian government is considering repealing a ban on research using human embryonic stem cells.

 

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.