Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Busy as a Bee

The fourth version of Jonathan Eisen's "Overselling Genomics Award" goes to the University of Western Ontario for a press release announcing that new honeybee research by Graham Thompson proves that selfish genes are not just theoretical. The paper cited describes four QTLs associated with worker bee sterility, an altruistic behavior. The release, says Eisen, ignores other work in the field and plays up these findings. "Their results are nice and interesting but they are part of a continuum of work on bees (and other selfish systems) and do not in any obvious way suddenly prove the existence of this selfish gene compared to prior work that they imply was just guesswork," he blogs.

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.