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Global Alliance, Global Standards

More than 70 research organizations from across the world have joined together to develop a common framework to share genetic and clinical data, the New York Times reports. Among the organizations that have signed the letter of intent for this effort are the US National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust, BGI-Shenzhen, and Genome Canada, GenomeWeb Daily News adds.

"The question is whether and how we make it possible to learn from these data as they grow, in a manner that respects the autonomy and privacy choices of each participant," David Altshuler from the Broad Institute tells the Times.

According to the white paper put together by the group, the aim of the effort is to develop a global alliance and technological tools for secure data storage that conform to standard principles.

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.