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In a letter, Myriad Genetics defends its position that primary care physicians are capable of performing genetic counseling and are encouraged to do so, though Myriad says that complex cases should be referred to a genetic counselor, as our sister publication Pharmacogenomics Reporter says. The letter to the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society came as a response to criticism from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered's Lisa Schlager who said at the SACGHS meeting in October that she thought "that Myriad’s sales representatives discourage doctors and other healthcare providers from referring patients to genetics experts." The Yale Cancer Genetic Counseling blog has gone through the Myriad letter, pointing out what is fact and what is fiction. For example, Myriad cited one study supporting their argument that doctors can perform genetic counseling, but the Yale blog points out that "Myriad distributed the surveys for this study and included a $20 prepaid cash incentive with each survey [and] Myriad fails to mention that physicians in this study were frequently assisted by genetic counselors, nurse geneticists, or other counselors in providing genetic counseling."

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.