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Will Scott Bakula Take the Quantum Leap with Biology?

When Newtonian physics was replaced with relativity and quantum mechanics, many people weren't able to keep up, says the Guardian's Robin McKie at the Notes & Theories blog. Now Paul Nurse says biology is facing a similar change from the commonsense to the "incomprehensible." The "simplicity" of biology which explains how genes work and how bacteria and viruses cause disease is about to be replaced by a more complex study of how the body processes information, how cells communicate with each other, and how homeostasis works, McKie says. Nurse adds that looking into these networks will show "a strange, counterintuitive world" that will change the way biology is studied, but that the step is necessary for learning the way nature works.

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.