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A Non-Endorsement

The University of California walkout, scheduled to take place tomorrow, is "a moral, pragmatic and political misstep," write Jonathan Eisen and his colleague in the German department, Winder McConnell, in the Sacramento Bee. Above all, they say, professors have an obligation to their students and that "the classroom is sacrosanct." They write:

This is an unacceptable use of students as pawns in this high-stakes game, especially those students and their families who are already shouldering a heavy financial burden that is soon likely to get much heavier.

Furthermore, Eisen and McConnell add that if the state budget gets tighter for next year, there could be additional cuts. "If we slash instructional time as a way to spread the pain, it will come back to bite us," they say. Eisen goes into more detail on his blog.

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.