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Diversify, Diversify, Diversify

In response to blogger John Hawks' opinion that "genomics has come to an inflection point — organisms whose genomes are obviously of some utility, but which have not yet been subject of a whole-genome sequencing project, are getting scarce," Blogger Prof-like Substance stipulates that researchers are "running out of 'interesting' animal genomes to sequence." Otherwise, he says, "there are a ton of interesting genomes out there we have virtually no idea about." Prof-like Substances opines that genomic "discoveries in other organisms could advance the science in animals" and points to Tetrahymena as an example of why "we need to more broadly sample organisms rather than sequencing 1,000 of the same genus."

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.