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He's a Warning All Right

The Seven Stones blog points out that James Watson's racist remarks comes at a time of exploding interest into natural human genetic variation through genomic studies. In Nature in the past few weeks there have been at lest seven papers concentrating on human variation. "The extraordinary development of the field of human genomics will inevitably lead to important questions on the social and ethical implications of this research. If anything, "Watson's folly" might be a warning that we may expect to see in the future more confrontations between racist ideologies and scientific discoveries," writes Thomas.

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.