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May I Have My Barcode Now?

Hsien-Hsien Lei at the Genetics and Health blog weighs in on the latest news about the National DNA Database in Britain, which was recently found to have significantly more records than most people were aware of. Lei concludes that we'll all be in databases someday, so we might as well suck it up -- but we'd better figure out a way to control how knoweldge of our DNA sequence can be used.

 

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.