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Millennium Technology Prize: Shankar Balasubramanian, David Klenerman

Shankar Balasubramanian and David Klenerman have jointly won the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize. They are being recognized for their development of next-generation sequencing technology. Balasubramanian is a professor of medicinal chemistry and Klenerman a professor of biophysical chemistry at the University of Cambridge in England. They are the inventors of key patents on next-gen sequencing technology and cofounded Solexa, which was acquired by Illumina in 2007.

The prize is awarded by the Technology Academy Finland every other year and comes with €1 million ($1.2 million) in cash.  

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.