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The New York Times magazine this past weekend looked into the burgeoning world of do-it-yourself synthetic biology. The article follows a team of students from San Francisco's City College that entered the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition at MIT. The students embarked on building a battery powered by bacteria. To do so, they had to engineer the bacteria so that it would release some of the sugar it makes to fuel the battery and they ran into plenty of obstacles along the way. While they didn't win the competition, “the fact that a community college can participate,” Drew Endy notes in the article, “is a sign that we are succeeding.

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.