Are all topologically trivial (contractible) complex algebraic varieties necessarily affine? Are there examples of those not birationally equivalent to an affine space?
The examples that come to my mind are similar to a singular $\mathbb P^1$ without a point given by equation $x^2 = y^3$. This particular curve is clearly birationally equivalent to affine line.
Perhaps the "affine" part follows from a comparison between Zariski cohomology and complex cohomology?