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Let the Masses Be Heard

According to this article from the Washington Post, the US Patent and Trademark Office has become the first federal agency to embrace the Wiki era with a pilot project that opens up the patent review process to the public. Part of this will include "a community rating system designed to push the most respected comments to the top of the file, for serious consideration by the agency's examiners," according to the article.

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.