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No Doubt Nature and Science Will Relish Their New Roles

Deepak Singh reports back from the Scienceblogging conference, where his favorite session was on the future of open science and open access publishing. He thinks that the future lies in the big-name journals like Nature and Science playing more of a shepherd's role, providing commentary and insight into the scientific papers that other open access journals publish. "To me this is not that different from where publishing is going in general, since today I get my news from Google News and the blogosphere, while I read the New York Times and the BBC for opinion and commentary,” he writes at his blog, bbgm.

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.