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What Do You Mean, Alternative?

Steven Salzberg blogs on the recent creation by the NIH of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Determining Ayurvedic medicine, just one area that the NCCAM will fund, to be a form of quackery, Salzberg discredits the NIH for doling out money to what he considers inferior projects when those funds could be going toward more traditional research. Read his opinion here.

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.