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The Association of Biomolecular Research Facilities’ membership committee is looking for a motto and is holding a contest. Send them an email at [email protected] with your idea by February 10th and you may find your name and motto being announced at their annual meeting in Sacramento.

Also, if you’ve been dying to attend that meeting's satellite workshops, but don’t quite have the funds to get there, the ABRF Education Committee is sponsoring Satellite Workshop Education Awards that will get you into one of the satellite workshops and cover up to $550 of travel and hotel costs. Technical scientists, students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to apply.

Midwesterners are putting together a regional core lab directors’ meeting based on the successful Northeast Regional Life Science Core Directors. The founders of this new Midwestern Association of Core Directors will be having a discussion at the ABRF meeting to confirm the need for the group and to plan a place and time for such a meeting. Interim Secretary Seth Crosby says to let him know if you are interested in the idea and/or if you would like to attend the discussion.

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.