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The BBC's Pallab Ghosh says that what journal you publish in has becoming increasingly important. Now, he says, grants go "almost exclusively to researchers who have published in a handful of top scientific journals." Peter Lawrence, an emeritus professor at the University of Cambridge, tells Ghosh that getting a grant "was never a very accurate process in the past. But it was done by people reading the [research] papers and determining whether it contained sparks of originality and quality of rigor and argument." Now, Lawrence says, it is determined by how prestigious the journals you publish in are and what your citation numbers are — that, he says, only shows how fashionable and well-funded a field is. Instead, Lawrence advocates a return to past and judging a proposal on its own merits.

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.