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A Good Choice of Pet

High-throughput analysis of proteins in naked mole rats shows that they live longer because their proteins are more resistant to unfolding, says an article in Technology Review. The work, published in PNAS this week, looked across oxidation states of protein cysteines to find how the longest-lived rodent can withstand oxidative stress, which is thought to be a culprit in aging. When compared to mice, mole rates had less age-related oxidation damage to thiol groups and age-associated up-regulation of homeostatic proteolytic activity. "Our first plan is to try and identify the proteins that protect and are protected in naked mole rats," coauthor Rochelle Buffenstein says.

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.