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Paul Billings, the chief medical officer at Life Technologies, has been appointed to the US Food and Drug Administration's science board. Billings has previously served as the director and chief scientific officer at the Genomic Medicine Institute at El Camino Hospital, CEO at Cellective Dx, and the senior vice president for corporate development at the Laboratory Corporation of America.

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.