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Here's an Idea: Stop Looking for Cancer and You Won't Find Any

In this opinion piece that ran in the Washington Post, physicians write that the goal in testing for cancer shouldn't be finding all cases, but rather finding those particular cases that need treatment. "The goal is not to find more cancer. The goal is to save lives. The two goals are not the same," write H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz, and Steven Woloshin, who are all faculty members at Dartmouth Medical School.

The authors say that "over-diagnosis," or detection of cancer in people who wouldn't otherwise have symptoms from it, is at the root of the significant rise in cancer diagnoses. The best test for cancer, they argue, wouldn't find such cases and would instead find only the cases that require treatment.


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.