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Alert! A Life-Altering Technology Revolution Is Just Around the Corner

This wire story rounds up some of the latest research (and some of the most hilarious quotes) in the synthetic biology field. "Wet artificial life," as the story calls it, will be major news in the next three to 10 years; the article quotes Mark Bedau, chief operating officer of ProtoLife, as saying, "It's going to be a big deal and everybody's going to know about it." The story also mentions work from Jack Szostak at Harvard and Steven Benner at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution.


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.