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Efficiency Tips

BenchFly's Sean Seaver offers easy-to-implement tips to help increase lab productivity. Science is all about teamwork, so Seaver says delegation is key. "To ensure a smooth transition when delegating, write out protocols with the most junior member of the lab in mind," he says. Though composing detailed protocols may at first seem a time-sink, it can spare precious lab time in the end. "For example, consider a common daily task such as putting away clean dishes," Seaver says. "It may seem like it only takes a few minutes per day, but when optimizing for efficiency every minute counts."

He adds that "standardized documentation not only increases quality and consistency," which in turn increases efficiency as certain lab tasks become no more than routine.

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.