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If My Cells Can Live Forever, Does That Mean I Can, Too?

An article in Technology Review looks into recently published research that found a cell survival switch in mitochondria that could one day be a drug target to prevent cell death in people with diseases like Alzheimer's. Led by scientists at Harvard Medical School, the work found that by turning up expression of NAMPT, a mitochondrial enzyme, increased longevity of cells. "The findings could provide a new set of targets for drugs to treat the diseases related to aging, including Alzheimer's and diabetes," the article 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.