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How Do We Crack MRSA? Let Us Count the Cases

Over at Discovering Biology in a Digital World, Sandra Porter has a post on the news that the state of Washington is now requiring hospitals to report MRSA cases. (Yay! Perhaps with better reporting, all those genomic efforts to crack the drug-resistance issue will start to make major advances.) What really has Porter interested is the new online database that the public can use to find out a hospital's MRSA stats. While she notes that data can't be considered comprehensive at this point -- hospitals are not required to test all patients for MRSA, just to report the cases that come to their attention -- she says the effort to produce the database is "impressive" and that it may alleviate the problems that arise from institutions trying to police themselves.

 

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.