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Just How Expensive is Sequencing?

On her blog, Sandra Porter does a little math to figure out how much it really costs to sequence a genome — like Craig Venter's. If the scientists are using Sanger sequencing, it costs about $4 a read, she says, drawing that information from the University of Michigan's core sequencing lab. To generate Venter's genome, the researchers used 32 million reads. So, Porter multiples and says, just from sequencing alone — ignoring salaries and sequence assembly and analysis — such a genome would cost about $128 million.

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.