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To Tide Over

The US Congress has approved a stopgap funding bill to fund the government from October 1 through December 15, the Nature News Blog reports. October 1 is the beginning of the 2015 fiscal year.

The bill, the Nature News Blog notes, keeps the funding of federal agencies mostly flat at 2014 levels, but includes $88 million to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Under the stopgap measure, the budget of the US National Institutes of Health will remain at $30 billion — its 2014 budget level — and the National Science Foundation budget would stay at $7 billion, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget is to increase.

President Obama is expected to sign the measure, the Nature News Blog adds. A more permanent funding bill will likely be put together after the November elections.

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.