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Nature.com Blogs Get Touchy-Feely

The Nascent blog has a post describing a new text mining technology embedded in Nature.com's blogs that aims to give an emotional context for topics in blog posts. The purpose is to better help the site cluster blog posts together for their "stories" section. Called sentiment analysis, the technology stores metadata on each blog in the form of scores given to different terms depending upon how many positive or negative emotions are associated with it. So the phrase "Biology is awesome" gets a higher score than "I don't like glycomics." Next might be Web 2.0-enabled hand-holding or blogger group therapy.

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.