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Gratuitous References to J. Craig: Always a Pleasure

Next-gen sequencing goes mainstream! This article from the Wall Street Journal looks at the key players "racing to bring the cost [of sequencing a human genome] to below $10,000." (It also doesn't miss the opportunity to lead off with an anecdote about Craig Venter. Thanks for that, WSJ.) There's a nifty chart comparing costs and time requirements for the main sequencing technologies available today or expected to be available soon: the ABI 3730 as well as next-gen instruments from Roche, Illumina, ABI, and Helicos.


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.