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What About a Job in Policy?

Blogger This Scientist says that a recent conversation with a colleague cleared up some misconceptions she'd had about careers in science policy. "When I heard the phrase 'science policy,' I had always imagined people with science degrees that were pushing to have particular laws changed and having strong partisan affiliations and possibly screaming 'Save the Whales,'" she says. After speaking with someone involved in the field, she realized that "science policy is acting as a liaison between the scientists ... and the politicians that don't understand the data and the p-values," she says. "You become a science translator." Those considering alternative science careers, may want to do as This Scientist did and "throw another one in the pile ... science policy!"

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.