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Evidently Borat is More Popular than Either Watson or Venter

Jonathan Eisen points out a new fun tool at EMBL's site. With this phylogenetics visualizing tool, people can zoom in and out to see different branches of the tree of life from anywhere with an Internet connection -- bringing Eisen to remark that Peer Bork seems to be "trying to become the Google of phylogenetics." Down in the comment section, Carl Zimmer says to check out the representative person on the human branch of the tree -- and it's not Venter nor Watson, but the highly esteemed Borat.

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.