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The Review Panel's Down the Hall From the Sword-Swallower

At Slate, Amanda Schaffer writes that the prospect of stimulus funds has "shaken the slow-moving world of research and whipped scientists into a near-paralytic frenzy." She also says that "the lure of stimulus funding has aroused such a carnival-esque atmosphere that many biomedical scientists have ceased doing much actual research" as researchers busily write new grants, particularly Challenge Grants. She says that Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Washington University are submitting, respectively, 300, 400, and 300 Challenge Grant applications.

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.