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This Week in Science: Jun 1, 2007

The NIH announced the end of its chimp breeding program for fiscal reasons, though the Humane Society is claiming partial credit. Since each chimp costs about $500,000 to maintain over its life, the National Center for Research Resources decided that its 12-year moratorium on chimp breeding would become permanent.

At Brigham Young University, the University of Texas, and the University of Colorado,  the students in their science educator programs are among the best and the brightest of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students, says Science's news focus. These schools have programs set up to train young, eager students into effective teachers. California is also looking to increase the number of science teachers graduating from their public universities.

A few genome-wide association studies in this week's issue investigated risk loci for type II diabetes. Researchers from the Broad Institute, Lund University, and the Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research analyzed nearly 400,000 SNPs to find three loci, in noncoding regions, associated with diabetes. British researchers used genomic data from the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium and additional cases and controls to confirm the recently discovered association at HHEX/IDE and SLC30A8, and to identify three more susceptibility loci. A third paper looked at SNP samples from the FUSION program and found variants in an intergenic region of chromosome 11p12 that are also associated with type II diabetes.

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.