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Double-Digit Boost

In tallying its 2010 job-posting statistics, Mountain View, Calif.-based careers search engine reports a 44.1 percent year-over-year boost in job listings for scientists, social scientists, and lab techs. SimplyHired also reports 64.8 percent growth in overall healthcare job postings in 2010. The career staff at the Alternative Science Careers blog says that while these numbers are somewhat "encouraging," they are also "on the lower side of all category increases." To that end, Alternative Science Careers says that though "there are jobs out there for scientists to stay in the science field ... it may be the time to look for alternative careers utilizing your science degree," perhaps in the financial arena, as that sector showed an 81 percent increase in SimplyHired job postings since 2009.

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.