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It's Actually a Compliment. We Swear.

After Newsweek and Eisen, it seems that it's officially list season. To continue the trend, here's a post from BayBlab on "6 badass scientists" that clash with the stereotype of "a skinny, pasty white nerd, with thick glasses, no sense of fashion and an absent-minded, self-effacing personality." First on the list is the go-to maverick biologist (that's right, GTO finally used the phrase) Craig Venter. While most sentiments look like this -- "Not only did he manage to sequence the first entire genome of an organism (Haemophilus influenzae), but he didn't stop there and decided to tackle the human genome head-on with a company, for which he raised $1B in a single day on wall street" -- continue reading to get to this gem: "He is also a gigantic pompous prick."


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.