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Reinforcing PhD Candidate Retention

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports the release of a new Council of Graduate Schools report that suggests ways in which universities could reduce the number of graduate students who do not complete their doctoral programs. First, the CGS says, academic institutions should improve advising and mentorship in PhD programs. The Council applauds the "colleague circles" at the University of Missouri, and the staff-student "landmark conferences" that Ohio State University holds each year. Support and supervision are especially important during a degree candidate's dissertation phase, the Chronicle says. The CGS also advises that universities consider increasing financial support for their graduate students, according to the Chronicle. The article reports that doctoral candidates' "average time-to-degree is still a formidable 7.7 years — and that, of course, is for the students who manage to finish at all. By some estimates, more than 30 percent of the students who enter American doctoral programs walk away empty-handed." The full CGS report can be purchased at their Web site.

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.