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Where Would We Be Without Accidental Discoveries?

In order to decrease scientific fraud, Chinese officials have said that they will now begin tolerating failure as a strategy to encourage creativity and originality, reports Reuters. Last year, 13 Chinese academics were blacklisted for falsifying data, fabricating applications, and plagiarism, says the article. "If you press every project to succeed, it will inevitably lead to fabrication (of results)," says Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang, China's first non-communist cabinet minister in over 30 years. "In many cases, the experience from failures in scientific exploration is more precious than that from successes." Go figure.

 

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.