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Who Handed Politicians the Pursestrings, Anyway?

After seeing years of flat budgets, Steven Salzberg at the blog Genefinding bemoans the lack of increased funding for the NIH, considering expectations that the new Democratic Congress would be putting more money into scientific research. In part, he says, it's a combination of anti-science politicians on the right and a scientifically illiterate public who contribute to perpetuating this lack of support.

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.