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Paging All Funding Agencies: Infectious Disease Money, Please!

BBC covers a report from the World Health Organization, which says that new infectious diseases are "emerging at the 'historically unprecedented' rate of one per year," according to the story. (Check out the nifty world map graphic showing where diseases are emerging.) That sure sounds like a rallying call for the 'omics community, which has been instrumental in cases such as the SARS epidemic. WHO strongly advocates "sharing of medical data, skills and technology between rich and poor nations" to help combat the diseases.

Sharing medical data is also the subject of the latest post at Jason Bobe's Personal Genome blog. Bobe writes about patient advocacy group PatientsLikeMe, which encourages people to share their healthcare experiences and data in the interest of "speeding up the pace of research and fixing a broken healthcare system" through global collaborations, according to PLM's website.

 

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.