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A New Book, A New Blog

Wired editor Thomas Goetz explains himself (for the silence of his blog over the past few months):  he's begun writing a book, to be called The Decision Tree, which will aim to "lend a clarity of purpose and vision" to personal genomics and personalized medicine. As individuals continue to take newfound charge of their own health, the field needs to be hashed out. Making use of risk factors, acting in collaboration, and taking early, predictive steps to prevent disease are all part of a whole new decision-making process, Goetz says. "This can be characterized as a decision tree, a series of informed choices we will make to minimize uncertainty and optimize our outcomes." He's also renamed his blog from Epidemix to The Decision Tree to better tie the book and his blog together.

Attila Chordash thinks he's the perfect person for the job, too, being both a journalist and public health scientist. "Back in the days his very early coverage on 23andMe … was actually the only serious insight on 23andMe."


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.