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Here's a Missive No One Wants to Write

According to the bloggers at Effect Measure, NIEHS director David Schwartz has "announced he is temporarily stepping aside" while NIH Director Elias Zerhouni "conducts an internal review of NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program ... both of which have come under fire from congressional, internal and outside critics," the post says. The move is to "ensure the independent nature of the review," according to Schwartz's e-mail, also posted on Effect Measure. Here's the official press release from NIH.

 

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.