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Hey, Kettle. This Is the Pot Calling, and I've Got Something to Tell You

There's a gleeful tone in this article from Britain's Independent reporting that James Watson, who went into a forced retirement based on racist remarks he made about black people, has an unexpectedly large number of genes of African origin. The genome analysis, performed by Decode Genetics, "showed that 16 per cent of his genes were likely to have come from a black ancestor of African descent. By contrast, most people of European descent would have no more than 1 per cent," according to the article. Kari Stefansson is quoted as saying, "This level is what you would expect in someone who had a great-grandparent who was African."

 

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.