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To Get Around One Issue, Try Out Another

Ian Wilmut, the researcher who cloned Dolly the sheep back in 1996, suggests that the way around the ethical and legal issues of using human embryonic stem cells is to grow stem cells up from animal eggs. When a nucleus from a person's cell is injected into an animal egg (whose own nucleus has been removed), a bunch of human stem cells begin to grow, he explains. This only occurs, though, about 12 percent of the time and has the added problem of using an animal egg to produce human tissue.

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.