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Biologists Behaving Badly

Cambridge University biologist Peter Lawrence says that modern biology is being corrupted by attempts to measure and evaluate research. In Current Biology, he writes that the importance placed on impact factors and H-indices has increased unethical behavior among researchers as they jockey to get their names on a paper to increase their standing in the community. "To improve the standard of behaviour, I think we need a code of ethics as well as some means to enforce it, especially with regard to publication," suggests Lawrence. You can read his editorial here, via David Colquhoun's Goodscience blog.

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.