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Who Knows Why People Do What They Do...

In the New York Times, op-ed columnist David Brooks says that as scientists find out more about the interaction of genes and behavior, they are becoming more and more modest or, in his words, "anti-Frankensteins." Human behavior seems to be difficult to unravel through genetics, he says, since genes linked to behaviors, and there could be hundreds, only have small associations. "For a time, it seemed as if we were about to use the bright beam of science to illuminate the murky world of human action," writes Brooks. "Science finds itself enmeshed with social science and the humanities in what researchers call the Gloomy Prospect, the ineffable mystery of why people do what they do."

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.