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Taking Back DNA

Cook Islanders, with New Zealand's Health Research Council, are setting up rules for foreign scientists wishing to conduct research in the Cook Islands. The Islanders are concerned that DNA and other samples taken from them may be sold after the researchers complete their analysis. They are also asking that blood samples stored in Britain from previous studies be destroyed or returned. "We are not allowed to access this and intellectual property has been taken away from us," says Roro Daniel, the Cook Islands Secretary of Health in this Television New Zealand article.

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.