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The Data's Out

Blogger Prof-like Substance was surprised to learn that many genomics centers release their data as soon as it is generated, leading him to wonder whether people who do the work get a "grace period" to get a publication out. "Having my data pitched onto the internet the second I had it in my own hands would make me exceedingly nervous, even if my data were on the scale of a full genome," he says.

Mike the Mad Biologist responds that "much of the genome sequencing is not funded by R01s, but by contracts to the centers." Mike writes that the sequencing of microorganisms at the center where he works is funded by NIAID so NIAID gets to "call the shots" about data release. "NIH doesn't care about your tenure package, or your dissertation ... What they want is high-quality data that are accessible to as many researchers as possible as quickly as possible," Mike blogs.

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.