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A Parkinson’s Link

In a GWAS meta-analysis, members of the International Parkinson Disease Genomics Consortium identify five new genes associated with risk of the disease that add to the growing pile of evidence that Parkinson's has genetic roots, reports the Associated Press’ Maria Cheng. This newest discovery has inspired optimism about potential new treatments among experts and prompted some to predict that a diagnostic test could be available within a few years, Cheng adds. In analyzing data obtained from 12,000 individuals with Parkinson’s and more than 21,000 healthy controls, the team found 11 significant risk-associated loci, including the five novel genes. The team's study appears online today in The Lancet.

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.