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Ideas, Please

Sally Rockey, deputy director of the extramural research office at NIH, is asking researchers for their ideas on how to manage NIH's budget in such lean times. "The biomedical research enterprise is a partnership between NIH and the extramural community, and we don't expect to make any changes to our processes without an in-depth discussion with you," she writes at the Rock Talk blog. Her office put together a report that includes various ways of managing the budget, such as limiting award sizes, capping the number of awards a PI may hold, or letting success rates fall, among others. In an interactive slide, this graph shows that limiting the number of RPG awards to three would free up $111 million for competing awards, while a four-award cap would give $28 million. Rockey adds that feedback on managing the budget may be left in the comments on her blog, or sent to [email protected]

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.