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Bee Studies, Take Two. D'Oh!

It's not every day you see a scientist completely reverse his position, so we give kudos to Jonathan Eisen at the Tree of Life for not only changing his mind but also for letting everyone know about it. "After being reprimanded justifiably by one of the authors of the recent paper on bee colony collapse disorder (for a blog I posted and then removed) I have come to realize they used a very interesting approach to metagenomics that I have not seen used extensively before," he writes in this post. The interesting part of the study, he says, comes in their solution to doing metagenomics with RNA as the basis.


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.