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Methylation Might Bring You Down

Canadian scientists have studied how methylation patterns can affect suicidal behavior. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario, Carleton University, and the University of Ottawa looked at brain tissue from 20 people, 10 of whom had committed suicide, and found that the rate of methylation in the suicide brain tissue was almost 10 times that of the normal group. The research, published in Biological Psychiatry, suggests an epigenetic mechanism that could influence the "recurrent nature of major depressive disorder," they say in this BBC news story.

The Scan

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.

Could Cost Billions

NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars.