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The Look of It

The look of Fluidigm's Juno has caught the eye of Co.Design. The SNP genotyping platform "looks sort of like a Jawbone speaker mated with a 1985 Macintosh," it says.

The system also, Co.Design says, simplifies the process, likening it to a Keurig coffeemaker. One button press, it says, opens a tray onto which a lab technician can place a sample for analysis.

"I think the world of science and innovation deserves the same kind of design, attention, branding, and experience as consumer products," industrial designer Yves Béhar, who worked on Juno, tells Co.Design, "with an easier, faster, more friendly, and even fun experience."

GenomeWeb Daily News reported in September that Fluidigm was launching an early access program for this system, and that the company envisaged it being used by biobanking and cell culture facilities for sample identification, quality control, and DNA fingerprinting as well as by ag-bio customers.

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.