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STEM Education and Tasmanian Devils Take to the Screen

For the pilot episode of its STEM education-focused special "It Ain't Rocket Science," Time Warner Cable's news channel NY1 spoke with Scientific American Editor-in-Chief Mariette DiChristina to learn more about the transmissible cancer that threatens to wipe out the shrinking Tasmanian devil population, devil facial tumor disease. "In the five-minute interview, DiChristina and [NY1's Kafi] Drexel discuss the manner of the cancer's transmission and the danger it poses," Scientific American says at its Observations blog.

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.