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To Evolution: You're Just Not Fast Enough

In the past 10,000 years, people have been evolving rather quickly, though this speed doesn't seem fast enough for everyone, says this US News and World Report article. Anthropologist John Hawks points out that some people can now digest lactose and others have some resistance to smallpox or malaria even though those genes used to be rare. But today's world is changing so quickly that Oxford's Nick Bostrom says biological evolution isn't keeping up and some people are turning to preimplantation genetic diagnosis to choose some of their child's traits. However, bioethicist Thomas Murray adds, "Our capacity to do these kinds of intentional designs is vastly overrated."

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.