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There Goes the Significance

Sometimes after seeing an initial interesting result from a project, that trend or its significance peters off in replication studies, leading a New Yorker article from Jonah Lehrer to wonder if there is something wrong with the scientific method. The decline, Lehrer says, is partially explained by publication bias or selective reporting, but the rest of the explanation may be due to randomness or noise. "This suggests that the decline effect is a decline of illusion," Lehrer says. He cites discrepancies in the benefits of anti-psychotics to even some seen in measuring gravity and says that "such anomalies demonstrate the slipperiness of empiricism."

HT: Razib Khan at Gene Expression

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.