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Evolution, 1; High Achievers, 0

Science writer Carl Zimmer takes us on an interesting journey as he probes what good, if any, striving to achieve greatness has in the evolutionary long run. As a contribution to a series of articles on achievement run recently in Forbes, Zimmer’s article highlights findings that Genghis Khan and his descendants passed on his Y chromosome to about half a percent of the world’s male population, or about 16 million men.

While the DNA marker indicating whether men have Khan as an ancestor may be easy to find, there's no indication that being a descendant gives any predisposition to empire-building ability. Sorry, guys.

 

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.