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Profs, Others Protest in Ohio

The American Association of University Professors' University of Cincinnati branch is warning its members that Ohio Senate Bill 5 "threatens not only salaries and benefits, but also paid sabbaticals, safeguards protecting academic freedom and professional development programs" for more than 1,800 full-time professors at the school, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. This week, the UC branch of AAUP sent around 50 protesters to Columbus to campaign against the bill — which would eliminate collective bargaining for unionized employees — alongside other state workers and college employees. In an editorial in the Enquirer, AAUP's UC branch President John McNay says that should the bill pass, "it could mean the departure of many scientists who would take with them millions of dollars in research funding as well." Furthermore, he says, passage of this legislation would threaten an important source for economic progress — "the people who teach and generate the research and investments we need to take Ohio forward."

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.