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Making Mistakes Is as Human as, Well, DNA

At the Discovering Biology in a Digital World blog, there's a post that questions the accuracy of DNA sequence reads. The author does a short experiment, calling the same short snippet of sequence once using phred and again using the ABI KB base calling program, but comes up with totally different graphs. Considering, as she writes in a previous post, the need for absolutely accurate data when it comes to, for instance, predicting disease predisposition, how can you be sure what you're looking at is a quality sequence?

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.