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We're Limited by Our Need to Wander Off Topic

Pawe³ Szczêsny has a blog post at Freelancing Science about the extent to which online collaborations can replace real-life interactions in science. In wondering "why people who live, breathe and do research online still need to meet in person to plan and discuss some stuff," Szczêsny concludes that the value of real-life meetings lies in "the possibility of discussing things not directly related to [a particular] project." Because of that, he says online research collaborations will work to a point, but won't fully replace in-person meetings. 

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.