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All We Can Say Is: :-)

While you've been busy celebrating the 25th anniversary of Blade Runner (c'mon, you can admit it), there's another birthday that may have passed you by. Twenty-five years ago, Scott Fahlman at Carnegie Mellon invented the first emoticon and launched an entire language, according to this article from Discover magazine. Without Fahlman, how would texting-obsessed teens communicate?

 

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.