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Political Cells

Though neither Robert George nor Rev. Thomas Berg is a scientist (George is a law professor and Berg is a Catholic priest), their opinion piece in today's Wall Street Journal outlines Six Stem Cell Facts in the pursuit of "intellectual honesty."

While we appreciate that pursuit, in the interest of intellectual honesty, it would've been nice for George and Berg to mention the problems of approved cell lines that are contaminated or do not thrive in culture.

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.