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Ah, That Par

Shortly after Craig Venter and his colleagues published their synthetic bacterial genome, US President Barack Obama asked the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues to look into the risks and benefits of synthetic biology. The committee came back in December 2010 with a list of recommendations. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a public-policy think tank, is monitoring the progress being made on those recommendations with a new scorecard, reports the Nature News Blog. "The Wilson centre's new scorecard makes it clear that progress implementing the commission's proposals — several of which are on an 18-month timeline — has been middling, if that," Nature writes.

Rutgers University's Richard Ebright tells Nature that what the scorecard shows is "par for the course in research oversight. The pattern has been for recommendations to be made and those recommendations then to be ignored."

The Scan

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.