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Februa at Almost a PhD says she was disappointed by a recent seminar she attended on alternative career opportunities in the life sciences. The presentation, she says, was a "total flop," because "no one was talking about any specific alternative careers. ... I mean, they could have at least named some of these 'alternative jobs.' I'm sick of just hearing 'industry' or 'government' — those are sectors not jobs!"

Blogger Prodigal Academic pooled together some concrete examples of careers outside of academia — from patent law to consulting to sales — and anecdotal evidence of researchers' experiences with them. Prodigal Academic knows of two people who have left academic positions to become program officers at funding agencies. "One left National Lab to become an officer because he wanted to move away from doing research himself," the blogger writes. As for the blogger's patent attorney friends, "they seem to like the excitement of seeing so much technology on the cutting edge," Prodigal Academic adds.

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.