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Who Put Pornographic E-mails in the Con Column?

Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf gave a talk this week about the good and bad things to have emerged from the Web's existence. In the pro column: "I see an enormous desire for people to put information online with no compensation," he's quoted as saying in this article from the Sacramento Bee. Examples of that: user-written Wiki entries, and technical papers such as the one reporting results from the Human Genome Project.


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.