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'Snoop' Projects, Yes, But Also People

Blogger DrugMonkey discusses the merits of "grant-snooping" as a career tool for young investigators. He says that checking up on funded research using the National Institutes of Health's RePORTER system "is an exercise in the necessary" for investigators who seek to secure funds from the agency. DrugMonkey says it is important to not only to look up which projects have been funded, but also the people who have been awarded funds. "I have usually found that the result of grant snooping is more encouraging than is conventional wisdom. When I see someone else having secured grant funding that appears to violate conventional wisdom, well, 'why not me too?'" he says. Further, using NIH's RePORTER to research a particular investigator could give an early-career researcher a better idea of what to expect. For a young investigator, "it can ... be comforting to review people who seemingly struggled on the grant shoestring for years before finally hitting it hard with multiR01 support," DrugMonkey says, adding that "perhaps this will keep your confidence up that things will eventually get easier."

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.