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Plus, They'll Also Be a Record of Who's Doing the Grunt Work

At the blog Science in the open, Cameron Neylon leads an online discussion about the possible pros and cons of running an undergraduate open science program. Following from an original post where he talked about putting the combi-Ugi project into an undergraduate laboratory by taking advantage of the 'always-on' mindset of today's undergraduates, this post takes comments and suggestions. Two key issues are data reliability and funding, and one comment echoes the bigger challenge:  "But, like open source software, the open source science core motor relies on the participation (even if limited) of people who have already bought into the concept."

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.