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Gary Guthart

Illumina has named Gary Guthart to its board of directors, effective Dec. 1, 2017. Guthart is president and CEO of Intuitive Surgical, which makes robots to assist with minimally invasive surgery. He has held a variety of roles at Intuitive Surgical since 1996 and previously developed foundational technology for computer-enhanced surgery at SRI International, which was formerly the Stanford Research Institute. He also served on the board of directors at Affymetrix from 2009 until it was acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2016.

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.