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A Win for Cornell

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is to announce that Cornell University has been chosen to develop a science graduate school in the city, reports The New York Times. Cornell's proposed campus includes 2.1 million square feet — at a cost of more than $2 billion — with space for classrooms, a conference center, housing, and labs. Further, Cornell recently announced a gift of $350 million to help fund the project, while the city is to put up $100 million for infrastructure improvements, the Times adds. The campus is to be located on Roosevelt Island.

Stanford University had been seen as the top contender, but "balked at meeting some of the city's conditions during negotiations in recent weeks" and left the competition," the Times reports.

Bloomberg may pick other winners.

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.