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Step Away from the Dartboard

A column in today's New York Times from Richard Friedman at the Weill Cornell Medical College says that psychiatrists may be able to prescribe antidepressants based on patients' genetic variants. In the past, he notes, such drugs have been doled out with a "hit-or-miss approach" until they strike the right balance with the patient. But these new genetic indicators seem promising in their ability to stratify patients and guide the therapeutic choice.

 

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.