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You Call It Obstinacy, I Call It Policy

US President George Bush made all his science policy decisions, including those concerning climate change and stem cells, back in 2001 and has stuck with them ever since, writes Chris Mooney in today's Guardian. "The broadest way of stating the problem is that throughout his presidency, Mr. Bush has let politics rule everything and left virtually nothing to dispassionate analysis. Preconceptions, rather than critical thinking, have driven policy," says Mooney. The good news: 2008 isn't too far away.

 

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.