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A Millennial Prize

Shinya Yamanaka has been awarded the Millennium Technology Prize for his work on induced pluripotent stem cell technology, reports Agence France Presse. "Using [Yamanaka's] method to create stem cells, scientists all over the world are making great strides in research in medical drug testing and biotechnology," the prize jury said. Yamanaka splits the €1.2 million award with Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux open-source operating system. Previously, the Millennium Technology Prize has been awarded to Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, and Michael Graetzel, who made a cheap polar power cell.

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.