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All the Savvy People

Mostafa Abdellateef tells Susanne Cardwell at the Genome Alberta blog that he got into bioinformatics by taking a postgraduate course aimed at people with science backgrounds who wanted to expand their computational knowledge. Abdellateef, now at the Sun Center of Visual Genomics, is working on a project called Genozymes that aims to find proteins that can break down cellulose. "There is a key high throughput component in this project. We deal with large data sets. We are hoping to have 30 new fungal genomes sequenced and analyzed the end of the project," he says. Abdellateef adds that "bioinformatics is for people with a science background who consider themselves tech savvy."

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.