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Oops, Fake-Out

Merck published a journal containing reprinted or review articles that reported data favorable to the drug company, all without disclosing its sponsorship of the journal, says The Scientist. The journal, called the Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine, was published by a division of Elsevier, to which Merck paid an undisclosed sum, the article says. "To the jaundiced eye, [the journal] might be detected for what it is: marketing," Public Citizen's Peter Lurie says. "Many doctors would fail to identify that and might be influenced by what they read."

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.