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John Quackenbush

Veteran computational biologist John Quackenbush has promoted to chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Quackenbush, long a researcher in computational biology and bioinformatics at Dana-Farber Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School, founded the HSPH master's program in computational biology and quantitative genetics. He has been on the Harvard faculty since 2005. Quackenbush replaced Xihong Lin, who is shifting her focus to the Genome Sequencing Program of the National Human Genome Research Institute and the Trans-Omics Precision Medicine Program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, according to a Harvard announcement.

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.