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Farewell to Frank Westheimer

Frank Westheimer, a retired Harvard University professor, died last weekend in Cambridge, Mass., at the age of 95. Known to be a pioneer in integrating physical and organic chemistry, Westheimer eventually "shifted his research to enzyme reactions and biochemistry, which led to a new understanding of biological and biochemical processes," according to his obituary in the Boston Globe.

 

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.