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'I'm Not a Monster'

Brace yourself. James Watson is still trying to dig out from the unfortunate events of late last year when a newspaper quoted him saying racist statements that eventually led to his resignation from Cold Spring Harbor.

This time, he's being interviewed by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., founding editor of theroot.com. You can read an edited transcript here, or watch video clips here. The conversation runs from Watson's views on intelligence to black basketball players, Jewish intelligence, and a 10-hour erection. Gates also writes an essay on his view of the whole thing, saying, "James Watson is not the garden-variety racist as he has been caricatured by the press and bloggers ... and he seemed genuinely chagrined, embarrassed and remorseful."

 

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.