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Is It Safe to Buy Test Subjects?

According to a recent study out of Johns Hopkins, clinical trials that pay participants attract mostly poor volunteers who join repeatedly, and may enroll in multiple trials at the same time. While there is no substitute yet for human trials, the long-term health effects of repeatedly volunteering remain murky, and it could also be risky for scientific clinical validation. Check out the Tech Review's blog post here.

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.