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HHMI Awards $10M to Promote Interdisciplinary
Biomedical Education; Genomics to Play Role

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has set aside $10 million as part of an effort to increase interdisciplinary graduate education, the institute said this week.

HHMI has partnered with the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and awarded 10 $1 million grants to programs that support both physical and biomedical sciences, including nanotechnology, computational biology, and genomics.

According to HHMI, the recipients of the awards are Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, the University of California, Irvine, the University of California, San Diego, the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Chicago, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Pennsylvania.

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.