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The Rise of the Retraction

Retraction rates for scientific journal articles are up ten-fold, according to the UK's Times Higher Education. An analysis by Thomson Reuters for Times looked at the number of peer-reviewed articles published each year since 1990 and the number of retractions and found that while the number of articles has doubled, the number of retractions increased by 20 times. (Taking the increase in the number of articles publishes, that comes out to a 10-fold increase, Times says.) The acting head of the UK's Research Integrity Office James Parry says that there are many possible reasons behind the increase. It could be a rise in misconduct or a rise in detection of misconduct, though he notes that many retractions are due to honest mistakes.

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.