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A new study in the journal Gut shows that people with high levels of high-density lipoproteins — "good" cholesterol — have less of a chance of developing bowel cancer, says The Guardian. The HDL cholesterol "collects" excess bad LDL cholesterol in the blood and takes it to the liver, where it is broken down. The researchers compared information from more than 1,200 people to make their determination, but add that "the mechanism behind this association needs further elucidation."

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NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.